With food consumption an essential part of our day-to-day life, it comes as no surprise that the food industry is always under intense scrutiny in order to ensure public health. Rules and regulations have

been put into place to prevent improper handling and preparing of frozen or fresh food products, and to avoid diseases and infections. Though food industry standards vary from one area to another, they all

generally have the same goal, which is to maximize the safety of food products consumed around the world. There are a number of hazards the food industry must consider, and these include:

  1. Microbiological hazards such as bacteria, viruses, etc.

- Chemical hazards such as additives, pesticides, cleaning substances, etc.

- Physical hazards such as packaging, broken glass, hair, animal droppings, etc.

- Allergens and cross-contamination.

Food Safety Standards were created to ensure the safe operation of the food industry. They provide a framework for measuring and assessing frozen and fresh food safety risks at every part of the supply

chain, ensuring that any food handling company complies with global hygiene standards. Some standards, such as the ISO 22000, are internationally recognized and have many benefits, including:

- The ability to utilize a comprehensive, systematic, and proactive approach to identifying food safety hazards and efficiently and effectively implement measures to prevent them.

- A blueprint for following HACCP principles more easily

- A guaranteed that your company is in compliance with food safety standards across different countries

- A systematic way to document techniques, methods, and procedures

- The ability to participate in international markets

It is important to note that food industry standards do not just apply to companies that prepare food; rather, they are implemented throughout the supply chain, and adhered to by transportation

companies, storage companies, and manufacturers. That way, consumers can be sure that when the food reaches their plate, it has been stringently checked for safety and freshness at every stage.

It is the fundamental responsibility of every food preparation company to ensure that their products meet all food hygiene and safety standards that are internationally recognized. Maxifoods is proud to

have received the following certifications for the safety and hygiene of our frozen and fresh products:

- ISO 22000 Food Safety Management

- ISO 9001 Quality Management