In the food industry, stringent standards regulate production environments to ensure consumer safety. The quality control of food products and their ingredients is regulated by local requirements and international standards to enhance quality and efficiency. Regulatory bodies are also influenced by consumer demand, as seen with public pressure to reduce salt and sugar in food products and to provide more sustainable food production.
Internationally aligned standards help food producers meet legal and regulatory requirements. Countries that don’t follow ISO, FDA, or USDA methods may have developed their own methods. A food safety management system adhering to ISO standards ensures identification and control of food safety hazards throughout the food process, benefiting industries in the food supply chain, consumers, and regulators.
Food regulatory compliance helps industries meet customer requirements, gain new customers, and supply safe food to local and global markets. It is responsible for risk management, safeguarding customers, compliance with complex legislation, and quality and safety throughout diverse supply chains. Food safety management programs enhance companies’ compliance with national and international regulatory frameworks, such as CODEX, while improving food safety culture and practices across geographies.
Food safety culture is defined as the attitudes, benefits, practices, and values that demonstrate the importance of safety, quality, and product legality. An organization with clear prioritization from management, accessible and frequent training, and encouragement to its employees ensures commitment to making safe food.
ISO 22000 is a certifiable standard that addresses food safety management system. It defines the guidelines and best practices an organization must follow to control food safety hazards and ensure safe consumption of food. FSSC 22000 includes and expands upon the ISO 22000 requirements.
While there are global regulatory bodies that can be followed, different regions can also have country specific regulations for the food and beverages that is imported and produced in the country. Here you will find a non-exhaustive overview of regulatory agencies for specific countries grouped by region, North America, Europe and Asia & Australia.