New Program Continues Focus on International Demands for HACCP
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International (NSF) today announced a new program that will offer food safety certification to ISO 22000, the new international standard for food safety management systems. This program expands NSF’s commitment to food safety through Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles while also generating a key opportunity to harmonize standard requirements.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000:2005 Standard - Requirements for a Food Safety Management System demonstrates an organization’s commitment to food safety, and provides a means to demonstrate that an organization is taking the necessary steps to control food safety hazards. ISO 22000 enables an organization to align its food safety management system with other recognized management systems such as quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001).
ISO 22000:2005 applies to all organizations, regardless of their size, that impact the food chain. This includes ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers, package suppliers, service providers, farmers, food processors, and catering and retailing organizations. Prior certification to ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Systems is not a requirement; however, bundled certification audits are available. Combining ISO 22000 certification with ISO 9001:2000 provides a competitive advantage because it helps demonstrate an organization’s dedication to food safety and quality. Both standards also specify requirements to help organizations demonstrate system performance and ongoing improvement.
“Our goal is to help food processing companies around the world implement comprehensive food safety management systems to ensure the production and distribution of safe foods,” said Bill Schwartz, Ph.D., vice president of NSF Food Processor Programs. “For over 60 years, NSF International has been developing standards and conducting audits for the food industry. Today, we continue to expand our services to meet the food industry’s growing needs by offering ISO 22000 certification.”
There are key benefits to organizations that choose to implement a food safety management system. These include:
Verification of customer requirements relating to food safety;
Improved internal and external communication;
Ability to show control of known food hazards;
Continuous improvement of an organization’s food safety management system; and
Use of the internationally recognized NSF certification mark
Organizations that successfully meet all ISO 22000:2005 requirements will receive a certificate and will be listed on NSF’s website at www.nsf.org. For more information about ISO 22000 certification, please visit http://www.nsf.org/business/iso_22000/index.asp or contact Christine Bedillion, NSF HACCP program coordinator at 734-827-6838 or [email protected].
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, air and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.