What Type of System To Implement?

Gerda Britz
 October 13, 2015
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Food Safety

After a recent visit to the hospital I started wondering how do they control food safety, what type of systems does the kitchen have in place? In an environment where you are already vulnerable, you put all your trust in the people preparing your food. What systems do they have in place to prevent a food poisoning incident?

This made me think what type of food safety management systems can a caterer or restaurant owner implement to help manage food safety risks? And what do they have in place already?
Delivering safe food and up to their clients quality requirements is essential for business success, however also means that the caterer or restaurant will only achieve this by gaining support from the entire organization.  It requires good manufacturing practices, having well trained and dedicated staff, standardized working instructions and effective controls. 

Over the past decade more focus has been placed in integrated quality management systems, which includes all steps in the food chain.  Systems that allow an organization to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to food safety. Also by being proactive it allows an organization to continuously be innovative. These innovations allow a company to focus on improving quality and raise awareness throughout the supply chain.

Standards that can be implemented in a catering environment include HACCP, ISO 22000:2005, ISO 9001, HACCP, Codex etc.

There is also system like ISO 15161:2001 that is a guideline for food and beverage companies that want to implement ISO 9001. It also illustrates the interaction between a quality management system and HACCP.  According to this standard, food safety is considered a part of quality.


However, certification by ISO 15161:2001 was not possible, and businesses in the food industry were certified according to ISO 9001 instead. The standard was later revised by ISO 22000 with the aim to ensure quality of all aspects of food production; its goal is continuous improvement of food safety processes. The standard is a more procedurally oriented than principally based and the ISO 22001 guidelines were developed for the application of ISO 9001 instead of ISO 15161:2001.


ISO 22000 is a generic Food Safety Management system that can be implemented by any business in the food industry.  It combines HACCP and pre requisite programmes to determine a strategy to be used to control hazards.  


There are also several food safety guidance notes, British Retail Consortium (BRC), GlobalGAP, Safe Qualtiy food (SQF), FSSC 22000 etc. 

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