BSI Management Systems has strengthened its position in the global food safety certification market by being among the first organizations to be independently accredited to deliver certification against ISO 22000, the new international food safety standard. BSI's accreditation has been granted by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) the globally recognized accreditation body.
ISO 22000, published in September 2005, specifies the requirements for a food safety management system. The standard combines generally recognized key elements to ensure food safety along the entire food chain including: interactive communication, system management, control of food safety hazards through pre-requisite programmes and HACCP plans, and continual improvement and updating of the management system.
Organizations involved in the food supply chain are facing escalating demands to demonstrate that their management practices and procedures are of a consistently high standard across their business operations. Issues such as food safety scares, ethical trading pressures and product quality and safety have put the accountability and transparency of the food sector under the spotlight. With supply chains now more diverse and internationally spread, bringing increased risk to those managing them, the support of an accredited certification body such as BSI is increasingly important.