ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. The international ISO 9000 is a quality management standard, and currently there are more than one million issued certificates world-wide. In ISO 9000, there are requirements on management and organization, documentation, resource management, process control, and improvement. Successful implementation of the standard improves product and process quality, efficiency, and reliability. Especially in the food sector, product safety is an extremely important issue throughout the chain.

Organizations involved in the food chain often apply food safety management systems based on the ISO 2000:2005 standard in order to demonstrate their ability to control food safety hazards and thus ensure that food is safe at the time of consumption. www.iso.org

• IFS Standards help to comply with all legal food and non-food safety and quality requirements and give common and transparent standards to all concerned suppliers and service providers as well as a concrete and strong answer to the high safety and quality expectations of customers. www.ifs-certification.com

• Safe Quality Food (SQF) is a food safety management system, which is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world. Using the SQF certification program will help reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards. The SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. www.sqfi.com