Monday, December 31, 2012

Traceability in ISO 22000

Traceability is defined as the ability to follow the movement of a feed or food through specified stage(s) of production, processing and distribution based on the standard CODEX CAG-GL 60-2006.

Traceability is the must which has to be implemented in all the sections of the food chain and the information should be retrivable. ISO 22000 doesn't explain much on the traceability system but it makes traceabilty as an important parameter for food safety. Meanwhile, the reference document for traceabilty is ISO 22005 which defines clearly the preferred system which has to be in place to get certified with ISO 22000. 

Some of the important points to be considered on traceability according to ISO 22005 are 
  1. Top management should have traceabiltiy plan and design the tracability process based on the objectives of the organisation.
  2. The system should be verifable, applied consistently, results oriented, cost effective, practical to apply, complaint with local regulations and also with defined accuracy requirements.
  3. The traceability objectives of the organisations may include, quality objectives, customer needs, to identify responsible organisations in feed and food chain etc.,
  4. The organisation should document all the flow of materials and documents should be controlled based on the documentation procedure
  5. The organisation should have production definitio, lot definition and batch identification, data management and recording protocols
  6. The information should be retrievable whenever required or a customer complaint received.
The traceability plan shall be implemented by assigning responsibilities for qualified personnel which is taken care of by top HR management. 

This is my analysis on Traceability in ISO 22000: 2005, ISO 22005:2007.

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