WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY: THE IMPORTANCE OF CERTIFICATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE AGRIBUSINESS SECTOR
World Food Safety Day is celebrated on June 7 each year, a key occasion to reflect on the importance of ensuring safe and high-quality food globally.
Food security is a shared responsibility involving governments, international organizations, scientists, businesses and citizens. Each of us has a role to play in adopting a sustainable lifestyle and contributing to food security, not only on World Food Security Day, but every day.
In pursuit of the sustainable development goals outlined in the UN 2030 Agenda, accredited certifications play a key role. They provide a wide range of tools that support institutions, businesses, professionals and consumers in achieving these goals.
The UNI EN ISO 22000:2018 standard, “Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain,” plays a crucial role in the international integration and harmonization of the safety management approach throughout the food chain. It enables organizations to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to food safety management, helping to increase their reputation and the trust of end consumers.
Auditors and Lead Auditors who certify their competence in Food Safety Management Systems are key reference figures for agribusiness operators. They play an essential role in ensuring the proper implementation of EU regulations on food hygiene and safety.
In the constantly evolving and increasingly complex agrifood sector, certification of skills is a necessity for every professional. Those who wish to professionalize and specialize their knowledge must acquire and constantly update their skills.
Certifications issued by accredited third-party entities such as Ricec, represent a recognition of the skills and knowledge acquired by an individual over the course of his or her work, training and life experience.
In conclusion, World Food Safety Day reminds us of the importance of adopting sustainable practices and ensuring the safety and quality of the food we consume. Skill certifications, supported by international standards, play a key role in promoting a responsible and sustainable agribusiness sector.
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