ISO 22000 in Canada

ISO 22000

In this day and age, it’s critical for food supply chain companies to take precautions to ensure that their procedures and products are safe because unsafe food can have serious health repercussions. Recalling food and food products due to contamination or other problems can be costly and disastrous to organizations. Additionally, many food products now transcend national borders, emphasizing the need for a worldwide food safety management standard. ISO 22000 satisfies this demand by providing companies with rules for identifying and controlling food safety issues. This blog will give you more information on all things related to ISO 22000. 

ISO 22000

About ISO 22000

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) created ISO 22000, which specifies the requirements for a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and the criteria that must be met in order for an organization to demonstrate that it can control food safety risks. ISO 22000 applies to enterprises along the food supply chain, from farm to fork. It is intended to foster fair competition and facilitate communication within and between firms as they move along the supply chain. ISO 22000 provides a framework for organizations to build, implement, monitor, and continually improve a food safety management system. Businesses must meet all applicable food safety-related statutory and regulatory criteria to comply with the ISO 22000 standard.

What Organizations Should Apply for ISO 22000 Standards?

ISO 22000 pertains to every organization that is involved in or interacts with the food business or food chain, regardless of its size or location in the chain. Food, ingredient, and additive makers, organizations involved in food delivery or storage, and corporations that subcontract to food-related companies are all examples of these organizations. It can also be used by organizations that are associated with the food business but aren’t directly involved in it, such as companies that manufacture food-related equipment, packaging materials, or cleaning products.

ISO 22000 Certification Process

Before getting ISO 22000 Certified, your organization must demonstrate the following: 

Implement your Food Safety Management System: First and foremost, policies, objectives, processes, and records will be created to document your efforts. Second, the procedures specified by the standards must be documented in order to assure the control of other processes in your FSMS. This guarantees that the ISO 22000 procedure is carried out as planned and approved by management. Your organization should also conduct ISO 22000 training for all employees to help them become aware of all ISO 22000 policies and procedures.

Conduct Internal Audits: ISO 22000 internal audits are designed to expose weaknesses in your Food Safety Management System, allowing you to correct them before they become problematic. The ISO 22000 internal audit report will be given to the external auditors for review before the third-party audit is conducted. 

Perform ISO 22000 external audits by contacting a certification body: ISO 22000 external audits are performed by a third-party ISO 22000 auditor appointed by a certification body such IAS. ISO 22000 External Audits must be completed and documented before ISO 22000 certification can be awarded by the certification body. The purpose of these audits is to ensure your organization’s food safety management system is compliant with ISO 22000 standards. 

Maintaining ISO 22000 certification: ISO 22000 certification is typically issued for a validity period of three years. Surveillance audits will be conducted by the certification body during the validity of your ISO 22000 certification. The purpose of the surveillance audits is to determine if ISO 22000 standards are still being complied with during your validity period. ISO 22000 certification can be renewed for an additional period of three years by completing an ISO 22000 recertification audit. If ISO 22000 certification renewal is not completed, ISO 22000 certification will be suspended. ISO 22000 certification can also be suspended if your organization fails to comply with ISO 22000 standards, or for other reasons, as may be determined by the certification body.

What are the Benefits of ISO 22000?

ISO 22000 assists organizations in reducing food risks and improving food safety performance. It accomplishes this by offering a framework for them to employ in developing a food safety management system (FSMS), which is a systematic approach to dealing with food safety issues. The following are some of the advantages of adhering to ISO 22000:

  • Better health and safety – Reducing food risks improves the health and safety of customers, other users, staff, and those who come into touch with food.
  • Improved customer satisfaction – An FSMS enables you to offer products that consistently satisfy consumer expectations.
  • Compliance with regulatory requirements — To acquire ISO 22000 certification, you must meet regulatory standards. Companies can achieve these criteria and understand how they affect the firm and its customers by implementing an FSMS.
  • Enhanced transparency – ISO 22000 assists enterprises in improving product traceability and achieving more operational transparency.
  • Improved risk response – Having a food safety management system in place can help organizations respond more quickly and efficiently to issues that threaten food safety, allowing them to prevent contamination before it happens.
  • Reduced investigation time – If contamination does occur, an FSMS can assist organizations in shortening the time it takes to investigate any food safety violations, allowing them to resolve the issue more quickly.

Contact IAS today to learn more about ISO 22000 in Canada, or visit our ISO 22000 in Canada frequently asked questions page!