Since ISO 22000 is a generic food safety management standard, it can be used by any organization directly or indirectly involved in the food chain. It applies to all organizations in the food chain. It doesn’t matter how complex the organization is or what size it is, ISO 22000 can help ensure the safety of its food products. ISO 22000 is also for companies seeking to integrate their quality, for example ISO 9001, and their food safety management systems.
Food safety is linked to the presence of food-borne hazards in food at the point of consumption. Since food safety hazards can occur at any stage in the food chain it is essential that adequate control be in place. Therefore, a combined effort of all parties through the food chain is required.
HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, and it is another methodology and a management system for Food & Safety and its requirements and benefits are similar to those of ISO 22000.