Today more than ever, food products regularly cross national boundaries at every stage of the supply chain. ISO International Standards create confidence in the products we eat or drink by ensuring the world uses the same recipe when it comes to food quality, safety and efficiency.
The new brochure underlies the benefits of ISO’s consensus-based approach, which provides a platform for developing practical tools through common understanding and cooperation with all stakeholders on board – from agricultural producers, to food manufacturers, laboratories, regulators, consumers, etc.
Out of more than 19 000 ISO International Standards, some 1 000 are specifically dedicated to food, and deal with subjects as diverse as agricultural machinery, logistics, transportation, manufacturing, labeling, packaging and storage. ISO standards bring together state-of-the-art knowhow and disseminate it to both developed and developing countries. They are therefore powerful tools for taking action on global challenges.
The brochure highlights the benefits of ISO standards for industry, regulators and consumers, and argues that by implementing voluntary ISO standards, companies make a proactive commitment to the principles they stand for: quality, transparency, accountability and safety.
ISO works closely with key stakeholders in the food supply chain to ensure the relevance and market uptake of its standards. ISO’s multi-stakeholder approach consolidates contributions from industry, government, research, academia, international organizations and NGOs.
Some of the organizations contributing to ISO’s food standards include the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Global Food Safety Initiative, the International Dairy Federation and World Health Organization, among many others.
ISO & food, published in English and French, is available free of charge from the ISO Central Secretariat through the ISO Store. It can also be obtained from ISO national member institutes (DTI-Bureau of Product Standards is the Phils’ member institute). The brochure can also be downloaded as a PDF file free of charge from the ISO Website.
Source: ISO news (www.iso.org)
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