From farm to plate, standards make food safe

From farm to plate, standards make food safe

Over the past half century, the process by which food gets from the farm to the plate has changed drastically. Urbanisation and changes in consumer habits, for example travel, have increased the number of people buying and eating food prepared in public places. In a globalized world, food contamination that occurs in one place may affect the health of consumers living on the other side of the planet. Food safety is therefore important along the whole length of the food chain, from production and transport to preparation and consumption.

The importance of standards

A collection of ISO standards ensure that agricultural producers, food manufacturers, laboratories, regulators and consumers all use the same recipe when it comes to food quality, safety and efficiency.

These standards help to:

  • promote the quality and safety of food
  • increase the efficiency of the food supply chain from farm to fork
  • prevent diseases, detect bacteria and manage risk

Food safety in practice

Companies involved in the food chain are concerned about the quality and safety of the food they produce, process or distribute. The company's reputation actually depends on its ability to manage the associated risks.

How can your organisation be sure to follow the best practices on food safety? So that your customers and consumers can always rely on you.

Discover ISO 22000 on food safety at the NBN Academy

ISO 22000 is an international standard that specifies the requirements for a food safety management system. This standard applies to companies along the whole length of the food chain.

Are you interested in food safety and do you want to know more about ISO 22000? Come to the afternoon training organised by the NBN Academy on May 21, 2015 in Brussels. You can register here.