ISO to Develop New Food Safety Standard

ISO/FDIS 22000, Food Safety Management Systems – Requirements for Organizations throughout the Food Chain, has been approved for Final Draft status. It combines quality concepts from ISO 9001:2000 with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. This standard is intended for use by farmers, ranchers, food processors, wholesalers, distributors, retail stores, and food outlets.

The five key elements of ISO 22000 are 1) interactive communication, 2) system management, 3) process control, 4) HACCP principles, and 5) prerequisite programs, such as good manufacturing practices, good hygienic practices, and good veterinarian practices. This new standard on food safety is planned for publication by the end of 2005.