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December 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Food Safety & Quality -

How Standards Support the Food Supply Chain

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The consequences of unsafe food can be serious. The international food safety management standards developed by ISO member countries help organizations identify and control food safety hazards, at the same time as working together with other management standards, such as ISO 9001. Applicable to all types of producer, ISO 22000 provides a layer of reassurance within the global food supply chain, helping products cross borders and bringing people food that they can trust.

Sara Walton, Food Sector Lead, BSI Knowledge Solutions and Amanda McCarthy, Chair of the UK committee for food safety quality, will explain the role of some key standards in ensuring food safety and quality in the supply chain. Amanda will talk about the important international food safety standard, ISO 22000, and its series of supporting standards covering diverse areas of the food chain (manufacturing, packaging, transport and storage, traceability in the food and feed chain) and Sara will introduce some associated standards useful in today’s supply chain, including the new cold chain logistics standard, ISO 23412:2020 which deals with indirect, temperature-controlled refrigerated delivery services, and standards which could be useful in sustainability, social responsibility and performance.


Sara Walton
Sara Walton
Sector Lead (Food) - Standards

Sara Walton is the Agri-food Sector Lead for BSI, which is the UK’s National Standards Body and a member of ISO. She has over 10 years’ experience of standardization development and related solutions. Sara has led UK committees working in, amongst other subjects, food safety management, quality management and occupational health and safety.  Sara explores key challenges for sectors related to food, retail, and services, alongside practitioners and experts. Prior to working for BSI, Sara worked in business to business information publishing, creating, and delivering, knowledge solutions for organizations based on their legal and compliance needs.

Amanda McCarthy

Amanda McCarthy
Chair of AW/90, Quality Systems for Food Industry

Amanda McCarthy serves as Chair of AW/90, Quality Systems for the Food Industry at the UK’s National Standards Body, BSI. This committee participates in national and international standards making on behalf of UK stakeholders. Amanda is currently Global Food & Beverage Manager with the third party certification body DNV, having spent her career in technical management in food manufacturing, and in certification throughout the food supply chain across all agriculture, fresh produce and food sectors.

Maria Fontanazza
Food Safety Tech

Maria has more than a decade of experience in journalism, marketing, and communications within the publishing, conferences and medical device industry. She has authored more than 250 articles that have appeared in domestic and international industry publications and has moderated educational sessions and panel discussions at industry events. Maria joins Innovative Publishing from Secant Medical, Inc., where she was the Marketing Communications Manager and Market Research Manager. Maria has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in New Media and Visual Design, and a Minor in Fine Arts, from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT.

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