ISO 22000 Standard: Role of Food Safety Team

ISO 22000 is an international standard that defines the requirements of a food safety management system covering all organizations in the food chain. ISO 22000 standard sets out the requirements for a food safety management system. Food safety team has numerous responsibilities called out by the standard.

These include ensuring that information on changes that can have effect on the FSMS is included in updating of the FSMS, conducting Hazard Analysis, planning and implementing validation processes for control measures, evaluating the results of verification, analyzing results of verification, evaluating the Food Safety Management System at planned intervals.

In order to effectively carry out these responsibilities, Food Safety Team must be qualified. This includes having multi-disciplinary knowledge and experience including:

  • Products the organization produces or handles
  • Processes taking place at the organization
  • Hazards within the scope of the Food Safety Hazards

ISO 22000 requires your organization to establish systems for internal and external communication to ensure that information on issues concerning food safety is available throughout the food chain. You will need to be able to communicate with suppliers, contractors, customers and statutory and regulatory agencies. Information may include food safety aspects of products that are relevant to other organizations in the food chain, especially as pertains to known hazards that need to be controlled by others.

The Food Safety Team Leader is responsible for ensuring that the team has the necessary experience and knowledge. If the organization is missing expertise or experience in any area, it must reach outside and obtain assistance with that expertise. Records are required to show that the team has the required knowledge. This team plays a key role in the success of the project. By assigning the timing, tasks and responsibilities the team is laying out the foundation of the project. The team must watch the progress of each task, follow up with the responsible people and help resolve questions or problems that arise.

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