ISO 22000:2018: Requirements For Any Organisation In The Food Chain

In the UK, for example, failure to comply with food safety legislation can incur an unlimited fine, up to 2 years’ imprisonment, or both.

In 2006, the world’s biggest confectionery group, Cadbury Schweppes, was forced to recall more than 1 million of its products and spend more than £20 million, following its failure to identify hazards and implement corrective actions that led to an outbreak of salmonella at one of its factories.

Analysis

With the introduction of similar legislation in Europe and North America, members of the global food industry are now legally required to demonstrate the efficient and effective management of food safety.

Within the global food industry, ISO 22000 has become the internationally recognised standard for managing food safety.

Solutions that enable food manufacturers to manage food safety management systems enable radical reductions in the time required to achieve certification to standards, and dramatically decrease the duplication of effort in complying with legal and regulatory requirements.

In addition to offering a proven solution for management standards such as ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001, food safety management system (FSMS) solutions facilitate ISO 22000 activities.

Product

By implementing a FSMS solution, manufacturers can maintain and improve processes such as document control, corrective and preventive action, audits and management review.

Document control

  • access documents requiring formal control from a central repository at the latest revision in a protected format
  • streamline document administration, reducing time spent on the change control process
  • automatically notify relevant personnel of documents requiring review, enabling swift response to review dates
  • control access to the management system, ensuring authorised personnel to view controlled documents, promoting security and control of quality systems and development of ‘best practice’

 

CA/PA

  • respond to all incidents, including CCP non-conformances and customer complaints with a formal methodology
  • control CCPs and actions, enabling NC to be raised if CCP exceeds critical limit and process followed to bring CCP back within limits and actions taken with non-conforming product
  • control CCPs exceeding critical limits by implementing appropriate actions
  • automatically notify personnel responsible for tasks and actions related to incident management, ensuring that issues are resolved quickly

 

Audits

  • demonstrate control of CCPs through regular verification, scheduling and performing audits against Critical Control Plans and Procedures
  • reduce the administrative time and effort spent on every aspect of the entire audit programme
  • implement corrective and preventive actions where risks are identified against CCPs to minimise food safety threat
  • reduce the number of overlooked actions by notifying employees automatically by email

 

Management review

  • interrogate all food safety incidents, including CCP issues and safety audit findings, using a powerful graphical analysis tool to identify potential trends and to minimise reoccurrence
  • identify improvement opportunities, reducing costs and repeat failures through trended root cause analysis
  • provide KPI analysis ‘on demand’ with complete up-to-the-minute information
  • enhance the efficiency of management reviews by enabling ‘on demand’ CCP exceptions and audit analysis

 

Conclusion

For food manufacturers, implementing a FSMS solution to manage food safety management systems helps promote and focus both responsibility and autonomy. Such solutions empower employee participation and are essential for efficiency and continuous improvement with cost reduction.

With a solution that enables the efficient management of food safety, manufacturers can put effective systems and controls in place to:

  • manufacture safe, legal and wholesome products to reduce regulatory exposure
  • prevent legislative exposure through effective management of due diligence
  • deliver organisational improvement through efficient regulatory compliance

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