From farm to plate, are your foods secure? As we mark World Food Safety Day, ISO is taking an important step to ensure that access to healthy nutrition benefits everyone — people and the planet.
The challenge in today’s world is how to make it happen. International systems, already under stress prior to the pandemic, are now suffering from bottlenecks in the supply chain the effects of increasing climate change and fluctuating geopolitical tensions. It is urgent that we take up this challenge.
According to the WHO, unsafe edibles are responsible for 600 million cases of food-borne illness around the world and 420,000 deaths and approximately 30 percent of deaths occur in children under the age of five. These numbers may be an under-estimate.
The urgent need for a transformation of systems has resulted in exciting initiatives such as the Food Action Alliance, a cooperative effort of world leaders to produce edibles in an effective way, inclusive and universally accessible. A further initiative of this type, 100 million farmers. Emphasizes the support of local solutions that “encourage farmers and empower consumers to place climate, nature and resilience at the centre of the economy.”
All of that is underlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goal 2. – Zero hunger: Deep change in the global products and agriculture system is necessary if we do it to nourish the more than 690 million people who are hungry today—and the two billion more people the world is going to have by 2050. Improving agricultural productivity and sustainable production is crucial to helping mitigate the dangers of hunger.
Our highly networked world means that we are all increasingly aware of the impact of production on the environment and related risks for our food-borne illnesses, toxins and other hazards. Commodities are constantly moving from country to country through increasingly complex supply chains. They are vulnerable to contamination and poor practices. Strengthening the effectiveness and resilience of systems is a way to reduce these risks and ensure that systems are ready to respond to future supply challenges.
MAINTENANCE OF ISO STANDARDS
Standards promote food quality and safety, as well as the effectiveness of the supply chain from farm to fork and contribute to disease prevention, bacterial detection and risk management. ISO has an important role to play. The ISO 22000 standard for FSMS, for example, supports all types of edibles manufacturers in managing the safety of their products and the well-being of their consumers, by providing some assurance to the global supply chain that helps goods beyond borders and provides people with products they can trust. On the occasion of World Food Safety Day, the revised ISO 22003 standard on FSMS has just been published for the benefit of the global community.
Part 1: Requirements applicable to organizations that audit and certify food safety management systems.
Part 2: Requirements for product, process and service evaluation and certification bodies, including a food safety system audit.
In these uncertain and ever-changing times, international standards like ISO 22003 are helping food safety stakeholders adapt to this shifting and fragmented landscape. They allow policymakers to be better prepared to take advantage of emerging opportunities and challenges and making sure that consumers and businesses can make informed decisions to make edibles healthier and more sustainable for all. The lesson is that by working together, we can all help produce safer nutrition for better health, which will benefit everyone.
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