ISO 22000 – Food Safety Management System

ISO 22000 is a Food Safety and Quality Assurance Management System that was designed and supported by sector players in the food production sector as well as the HACCP charter. The systems provide a mechanism for process control that aims at reducing the chances of food contamination by lowering microbial action to the bare minimum. The HACCP and ISO 22000 take a proactive approach in the prevention of food contamination and hazards before they actually happen.

It is a detailed analysis of the food production chain that identifies and mitigates all potential risks to food processing and ensures the end product is safe and that quality food is available for consumption and distribution. The criterion of the HACCP is based on scientifically documented food production processes and offers a legally and scientifically binding approach towards standardization of the quality measures of food production systems and supply chains. The ISO 22000 requirement for Quality Food Management Systems and Safety outlines a diverse range of requirements. These requirements are aimed at moving towards a more effective food production process.

 Some of the requirements listed:

  • ISO 22000 measures organizations that are directly or indirectly involved in food production from their primary sources to tertiary ones.
  • The Certification will also touch on equipment suppliers to food processing plants as well as the equipment itself.
  • Furthermore the certification looks at food establishments such as restaurants and hotels, not just the manufacturers.
  • The benefits of implementing a quality management system that is certified under ISO 22000 are extensive.

The rationale inspiring this realization is based on the fact that food production targets the human population and unquestionably, many people would prefer food that is certified to be produced at the highest level of quality and safety.

The following are some of the benefits of the ISO 22000 certification:

  • ISO 22000 provides a proactive and preventive approach towards food security and safety in the sense that it prevents the probability of any contamination occurring.
  • Allows your organization to identify areas of need in the production systems and further incorporate customer views in restructuring and re-organization.
  • Critical in cutting end-product testing expenses by assuring that the process of production is as good as possible.
  • The certification is legitimate evidence that food produced by your company is safe for human consumption hence promoting customer satisfaction.
  • Provides a global certified framework that will help bring your company to the elite level of food processing plants and producers.

Our approach

QSE’s “Ten Step Approach” to Registration is designed and perfected to cost- effectively prepare facilities for successfully passing Certification Audits with minimum or no nonconformities. QSE emphasizes on developing Simplified Documented Management Systems to meet or exceeds the requirements of any ISO Standard requirements. This 10 Step Approach has a built-in discipline to involve all employees including top management right from the beginning to achieve long-term desired results. Our approach is so complete that we have helped over 600 companies obtain certification, of which, majority have obtained certification with zero deficiencies. Please contact us for details…….

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