Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Taking action on global food safety in the latest ISOfocus

Why do food safety outbreaks continue to happen? We live in a global food economy and most people purchase and consume foods produced thousands of miles away that are often packaged in bulk to simplify food preparation at home and in restaurants. This leaves plenty of opportunity for pathogens to flourish and makes food-related standards that protect public health and reduce the negative social and economic impact of such crises a vital asset for organizations up and down the food chain.

The latestISOfocus issue looks at the newly published ISO 22000:2018 on food safety management systems and how it can minimize these risks. Backed by international consensus among government and industry experts, the much-awaited International Standard harmonizes the requirements for good food safety practice worldwide. It is a powerful tool for taking action on global food safety challenges.

AFNOR Group Managing Director Olivier Peyrat writes in his introductory remark: “To help provide quality products that are safe for consumers to eat, the international test methods contained in these documents aim to establish uniform practices for detecting contamination, optimizing food controls and ensuring fair trade. ISO 22000 on food safety management will help companies identify and control hazards associated with their activities.”

Today, more than ever, the safety of food supplies is a matter of global concern. Safe food supplies support national economies, trade and tourism, contribute to food and nutrition security, and reinforce sustainable development. ISO International Standards create confidence in the products we eat or drink by ensuring the world uses the same recipe when it comes to food quality, safety and efficiency.

The July/August 2018 issue of ISOfocus shares stories from the sector’s thought-leading and top-achieving researchers, food safety professionals and standards experts. It also looks at the most recent and innovative standards for meat speciation and natural products.

What we cook up in this issue is ISO’s contribution to solving many of today’s food-related challenges, including state-of-the-art guidelines and best practice for all organizations in the global food supply chain, that safely provide food solutions to millions of people.

Finally, this edition ofISOfocus also features an exclusive interview with the Quality Manager of KMC, a Danish-based food ingredients company. Taking stock of the world’s food situation, Marianne Dam comments: “ISO has a huge advantage in being internationally known and, hopefully, the organization will take on the challenge and make it easier for more companies all over the world.”

Learn more about the global threats and complexities facing the food supply chain along with other interesting food facts in the latestISOfocus.

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Source: International Standards Organization

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