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Comments Sought on International Food Safety Standard

The International Organization for Standardization is revising its food safety standard, originally published in 2005. If you represent industry, consumers, governments, regulators, laboratories or any food industry organization, they'd like to hear from you.

ISO 22000, the International Standard on food safety management systems was published in 2005. Since then, the markets' needs have evolved and in September this year there are plans to revise the standard.

If you are a stakeholder involved in the food chain, and you use, implement, or make reference to ISO 22000, we would like to hear your comments and feedback on the standard.

In order to remain as relevant as possible, ISO standards are reviewed every 5 years to assess the need for a revision. The committee behind ISO 22000, ISO/TC 34/SC 17, is currently running a review until mid-June to collect as many comments as possible on the standard before the revision process is set to start in September.

So, if you represent industry, consumers, governments, regulators, laboratories, or any other organization active in the food industry, what do you like about the standard, what do you think needs to be changed and did you have any problems implementing it?

If you wish to suggest improvements for the next version of ISO 22000, send your comments to:

- The ISO member body in your country.

- The ISO technical committee ISO/TC 34/SC 17: [email protected]

The comments received will be taken into account in the revision process.

ISO 22000 – Food safety management systems

ISO 22000 was designed to be used by any organization across the food chain, including both large and small businesses. The standard creates a framework for establishing principles, procedures and guidelines to manage food safety while helping to develop cost-effective management in the industry. Furthermore, it provides practical tools needed for managing food safety as a single coherent system.

The ISO survey on certification reveals that the number of certificates for ISO 22000 has increased by 20% between 2011 and 2012 and the standard is now certified to in 142 countries.

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