ISO: Farm to Fork

ISO’s solutions for ensuring quality and safety in the food industry are the subject of a new brochure, “ISO & food”, which provides a concise overview of the International Standards available and how they can help.

Today more than ever, food products regularly cross national boundaries at every stage of the supply chain. ISO 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 new 4 page brochure explains the benefits of ISO’s consensus-based approach, which provides a platform for developing practical tools through common understanding and cooperation with all stakeholders on board, e.g., from agricultural producers, to food manufacturers, laboratories, regulators, and consumers.

Of the more than 19,000 ISO standards, about 1,000 are specifically dedicated to food, and deal with subjects as diverse as agricultural machinery, logistics, transportation, manufacturing, labeling, packaging, and storage. ISO standards bring together state-of-the-art knowhow and disseminate it to both developed and developing countries. As a result, they are powerful tools for taking action on global challenges.

The brochure highlights the benefits of ISO standards for industry, regulators, and consumers, and argues that by implementing voluntary ISO standards, companies make a proactive commitment to the principles they stand for: quality, transparency, accountability, and safety.

ISO works closely with key stakeholders in the food supply chain to ensure the relevance and market uptake of its standards. ISO’s multi-stakeholder approach consolidates contributions from industry, government, research, academia, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

Some of the organizations contributing to ISO’s food standards include the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Global Food Safety Initiative, the International Dairy Federation, and the World Health Organization, among many others.

The “ISO & food” brochure can be downloaded free of charge at this ISO web page.