The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has unveiled a new part of the ISO 22000 family of standards.

The newly unveiled ISO 22004 aims to ensure that food manufacturers, regulators and any organization in the food supply chain are following food safety management systems that are guided by global best practices. The difference beween ISO 22004 and other ISO system standards is that is provides additional guidance that food industry experts want and need. It does not add any new requirements. However, it does act as a companion and guide to ISO 22000 that offers more specific detail in certain areas that needed further explaining. This more in-depth information can help with designing a food control system, among other tasks. Feed producers, primary producers, transportation companies, storage operators, subcontractors, retail and food service outlets are some of the organizations that might find ISO 22004 useful in their food safety efforts.

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