Food and Pharmaceutical Industry

Consumers are increasingly paying attention to issues such as the quality, health and safety of the food they eat or drink.

Specialized Standards in the Food Industry

  • • ISO 22000: 2018 Food Safety Management Systems Standard is an international standard that applies to all businesses related to the food chain. This standard provides requirements for a food safety management system to ensure food safety throughout the food chain to the point of final consumption.
  • • HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.
  • • IFS (International Featured Standards) Standards are uniform food, product and service standards. They ensure that IFS-certified companies produce a product or provide a service that complies with customer specifications, while continually working on process improvements.
  • • The BRCGS (BRC Global Standard) specifies the food safety, quality and operational requirements for food manufacturers and foodservice organizations to meet current industry expectations legal/compliance obligations and protect consumers.
  • • FSSC 22000 certifies the food, feed and packaging safety systems of companies in the food chain that process or manufacture animal products, perishable vegetable products, products with a long shelf life and other food ingredients like additives, vitamins and bio-cultures.
  • • HALAL symbol is applied when all the steps of production of a product have been done according to the halal criteria (free of any forbidden components or ingredients). The HALAL symbol should be inserted on its packaging. Today, halal products are available to consumers not only in Muslim countries, but also in markets around the world.
  • • The Kosher symbol, similar to the interpretation of Halal in Islam, refers to Kosher as a set of rules and regulations for a diet approved by Judaism. The popularity of the Kosher symbol among non-Jews has increased due to consumers' perception of this symbol as a measure of a quality product.
  • • SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) assesses a site based on their organization’s standards of labor, health and safety, environment and business ethics. Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade membership organization, working with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains.
  • • GLOBALGAP (Good Agriculture practice) refers to an internationally accepted set of farm standards, translating consumer requirements into Good Agricultural Practice.
  • • Organic certification of a product means that the product has undergone organic processes.

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