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Enhanced ISO 22000 Guide Translates Food Safety Management Standards for Grain Handlers, Processors

St. Paul, Minn. (October 2015)--An ISO 22000 compliant food safety management system is vital for operations that store, handle, or process grain foods.

Setting up such a system for the grains industry, however, can be challenging. General ISO 22000 food safety guidelines do not always translate well for grains and the costs of misinterpreting these guidelines can be high when auditors visit.

A new solution from the AACC International Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Committee addresses these issues in the User’s Guide to ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System for the Grain Handling, Processing, Milling, and Baking Industries. This new custom guide was developed by AACC International, the premier association of cereal and grain science professionals and includes licensed content from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

This 84-page document is a how-to guide for developing and implementing ISO 22000 food safety standards specifically for any business that handles or processes bulk grains or ingredients. It includes the complete ISO 22000 standard, plus color-coded sections that impart valuable knowledge, experience, and advice from experts in the grain handling, processing, milling, and baking industries.

The color-coded sections are easy to follow and appear throughout this tailored document to help organizations learn:

  • Food safety guideline interpretations applied to the grains industry
  • Best application practices for grain handling and processing environments
  • Key advice for dealing with third-party audits and auditors                                                                       

“This guide significantly reduces the cost of compliance through the sharing of knowledge and best practices,” said Charles Hurburgh, Professor of Ag & Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University and member of the AACCI Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Committee. “Compliance brings operations in line with Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. Plus, it allows for better organization, consistent safety and product quality standards, and the generation of vital documentation that’s increasingly necessary for a world supply chain environment,” Hurburgh said.

Visit aaccnet.org/iso to purchase an individual-use copy of this document for each of your key staff, including quality assurance and control managers, process engineers, legal staff, compliance and regulatory managers, and supply chain managers.

About AACC International

AACCI is a global, nonprofit association of nearly 2,500 scientists and food industry professionals working to advance the understanding and knowledge of cereal grain science and its product development applications through research, leadership, education, superior technical service, and advocacy.