I.S.O. introduces food traceability standard

by Keith Nunes
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GENEVA — The International Organization for Standardization (I.S.O.) has introduced I.S.O. 22005 for the traceability of food and feed. The new standard establishes basic requirements for the design and implementation of a traceability system, including the ability to trace the flow of materials, identify the necessary documentation and tracking for each stage of production, ensure coordination between all parties involved in the process, and it requires that each party be informed of the other suppliers involved.

Recent events, including imported wheat flour contaminated with melamine and fresh produce contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, have underscored the need for food companies to develop comprehensive traceability systems that may be effective throughout the supply chain. According to the I.S.O., since hazards may enter the food chain at any stage, control and communication throughout the process is essential.

More information about the new I.S.O. standard may be obtained by visiting www.iso.ch/iso/en.

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