The Impact of ISO 22000 on the Global Market Place
In recent years, food safety has increasingly become an important issue to consumers. This is largely due to the food safety scandals that have been covered by the press in a number of countries. Over the last decade, China in particular, has been at the center of a number of food safety scandals. In 2004, it was reported that 13 babies died of malnourishment in coastal Fujian province after being fed formula with little or no nutritional value. In 2008, at least six infants died and some 300,000 were sickened after consuming milk made from powder contaminated with melamine, a chemical used in making plastics.
The Chinese government has since been forced to implement stricter regulation controls in order to restore the public’s confidence. Consumers in other countries were particularly 메이저사이트 concerned that China effectively maintains the safety of its food supply as Chinese ingredients end up in foodstuffs around the world. Between 2004 and 2007, Chinese food exports climbed about 63%
Under new Chinese regulations, companies that produce substandard products will face higher fines. Those who engage in illegal conduct will face tougher punishments, and companies will be held accountable for any harm they cause consumers.
Elsewhere, steady progress has been made by the food industry to tackle these food safety scandals. Concern over potential risks in the food supply chain prompted the creation of a number of early food safety sector initiatives and standards, including the HACCP. The HACCP is recognized internationally as a way of managing critical risks to food safety. It is based on seven essential principles and it allows for hazard identification to verification of successful implementation of the necessary controls. The majority of the food standards have adopted these principles in order to protect consumers against the most serious health risks.