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ISO 22000, Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain is an international standard that specifies the requirements for a food-safety management system and combines the following generally recognized key elements to ensure food safety along the food chain to the point of final consumption: interactive communication, system management, prerequisite programs, and HACCP principles.

The ISO 22000 standard delivers a common global framework of safety requirements for all organizations in the food supply chain, including crop production, processing, distribution, and related operations. It is an international standard that harmonizes various existing national and industry certification schemes.

ISO 22000 incorporates all seven of the contemporary HACCP principles and implementation plans. Overall, ISO 22000 creates an effective framework for food safety management, communication along the food supply chain, and control of food safety hazards.

ISO 22000 is recognized by more than 157 stakeholder countries around the world. Accredited audits are carried out by certification bodies in accordance to ISO 22003,-Food safety management systems--Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems. Auditors must inspect as many product lines in the manufacturing facility as possible, and prerequisites must be audited at every site inspection. As with other ISO standards, the auditing cycle takes three years - including a longer initial inspection the first year and shorter surveillance audits in the next two years.

ISO 22000, along with PAS 220, form FSSC 2200, which has recently become recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as only the sixth standard to receive such recognition.

FSSC 22000 contains a complete certification scheme for Food Safety Systems based on the food safety management standard ISO 22000: 2005, Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain and the BSI Publicly Available Specification BSI PAS 220:2008, Prerequisite programs on food safety for food manufacturing. The FSSC 22000 scheme uses existing standards for certification (ISO 22000, PAS 220 and ISO 22003) and the certification will be accredited under the standard ISO guide 65 (process certification). Manufacturers that are already certified to ISO 22000 will only need an additional review against BSI PAS 220 to meet this certification scheme.

This scheme has been developed for the certification of food safety systems of food manufacturers that process or manufacture animal products (not including slaughtering and pre-slaughtering), perishable vegetal products, products with a long shelf life, and (other) food ingredients like additives, vitamins and bio-cultures

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