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ISO Standards within the Food Industry and Testing Methods

ISO Standards within the Food Industry and Testing Methods

The ISO standards are created by a collaboration of representatives from numerous different standards governing agencies from around the world. Codex and ISO work hand in hand to achieve the highest standards in the global trade of food products and safe consumption of food. There are over twenty-one thousand different ISO standards that cover the industrial, medical, environmental, manufacturing, and the food industry alike, and around one thousand standards are all strictly for the food industry. The ISO standards regulate the production, manufacture, testing facilities and consumer needs and develop processes and procedures to ensure the safe consumption, transportation, storage, handling, preparation and packaging of the food products. They also have a hand in the machinery used in farming and manufacturing, the testing methods involved in the safety, quality, and competence of the food and equipment. 

Testing Methodologies and Practices
ISO standards and Codex Alimentarius are structured to regulate and propose practices and procedures to give manufacturers, the agriculture industry, food handlers, and preparers the safest and most efficient means in testing methods to provide consumers with safely consumable food. They cover a diverse range of elements on which the food industry must test. They require tests on the microbiological compounds, fibre content, nitrogen content, binary analytical methods and genetically modified organisms to name just a few. Different countries have instituted different organizations to help them develop more sound practices and guidelines when trading, producing, manufacturing, and consuming food products.

Diverse Food Products and Services
The food and service equipment, facilities are vast in numbers but are of great importance to the safety and quality of the food end-use. With the possibilities of contamination from equipment and environments or from improper packaging and product storage, the need for ISO standards to give guidance on the use of these items and provide a commonality across all regulations will give more control over the outcome to the consumer. They regulate many different types of food such as dairy, poultry, grains, herbs, spices, oils, animal feed and fruits and vegetables. 

To be able to provide the global trading of food with a structured guideline on policies and procedures with inherent training and testing methods gives all involved in the food industry, a more lean and common practice in which to deliver safe food to consumers throughout the world. ISO and Codex also have standards that deal in the global trading of food where national governing agencies develop recommendations and standards to the food industry.

ISO standards deal with many different industries such as manufacturing, medical, railroad and especially the food industry. The set standards and guidelines for the testing methods used which are diverse in what they test for to make sure that the food is safe for consumption. They also regulate transport, manufacture, packaging, storage facilities, handlers and preparers alike. The global food trade industry is also regulated and driven by ISO standards and in collaboration with Codex helps provide consumers with safely consumable food products.
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