Guidance to the use of the ISO 22000 standard indicates that Top Management should ensure that the org. establishes and maintain procedures to identify potential for and respond to potential accidents, emergency situations and incidents.
The Org. is also expected to review and / or revise where necessary its prepareness and response procedures after the occurence of an actual accident or emergency situation.
How far should we cover and in the case of BRC-Food where we address emergency incidents supported perhaps by contamination incident procedures, ISO 22000 appears to be very implicative particularly on potential situations such as bio-terrorism issues.
What are the programs, procedures and response models that we need to put in place under this requirement.
As ISO 22000 is expected to be formally published soon, it is inevitable that we need to take view of this impending standard some what seriously and hold a good grip of it to keep. This is the only forum that I am aware of that has so far make a decent effort in keeping the public in touch with this standard.
It has been very interesting to read the discussion between you and Simon. I was looking forward to giving my opinion when I reach the end but...jamesgibb spoke first.
I agree with him.
How is it possible to control something that is unknow ? Example: Encefalopatia Spongiform Bovine, nobody will never imagine this could happen by the use of animal protein on animal feed products. Legislation, control measures....have come behing scientific studies which, I think, will occur with many others hazards.
On the other hand, other situations you talked about such as fire, huracanes..... I think those should be covered by the Health and Safety system on place.
According to jamesgibb`s opinion, It seems that " emergency and preparedness procedures " referred to what you do in case of and food poisoning or any incident regarding food safety ( an error on the label ): investigation, recall product procedure, how serious the problem is ( for example if the people at risk is elderly people, children.. ).............to sum up, all the work that the official authorities do in these cases.
But..all those interestings things you has pointed out on one of the latest responses may have sense. What the result would be if you analysed them on the table : PROBABILITY and SEVERITY ( attention: severity for human health not for business )