End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

ISO has over 1600 standards for the food production sector designed to create confidence in food products, improve agricultural methods and promote sustainable and ethical purchasing.

They also cover a number of other areas including nutritional and safety testing, quality, packaging, and traceability.

Focusing specifically on the food sector, the ISO 22000 family of standards on food safety management helps organizations identify and control food safety hazards, while related standards such as ISO 26000 (social responsibility) and ISO 20400 (sustainable procurement) encourage socially responsible behaviour and ethical working conditions for agricultural workers and promote ethical purchasing practices throughout the entire food production chain.

Currently in development, the ISO 34101 series of standards on sustainable and traceable cocoa beans will specify requirements for a management system in cocoa bean farming. It provides a set of guidelines for environmentally sound agricultural practices, the enhanced traceability of cocoa beans and for improving the social conditions and livelihoods of cocoa producers.

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  • ISO and food
    ISO's solutions for ensuring quality and safety in the food industry are the subject of this brochure which provides a concise overview of International Standards available and how they can help.
  • ISO 22000 — Food safety management
    Inspire confidence in your food products with this family of standards.
  • #smartfarming
    See how smart farming is enabled with ISO standards everywhere.

SDG 2 in the news

By Clare Naden on
Testing the nutrients of infant formula: new standard in the ISO series
Nutritional labelling of infant formulas is, unsurprisingly, a heavily regulated area, meaning tight rules around the nutrients they contain. ISO has an industry-recognized series of International Standards for the determination of such nutrients, the latest of which has just been published.
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Celebrating World Accreditation Day
Never before has hygiene had so much attention, including that for food. This year’s World Accreditation Day focuses on food safety and ISO has new standards in the pipeline with that in mind. 
By Barnaby Lewis on
Five questions with Codex
Hungry to find out more about the role of standards on World Food Safety Day, we put questions to Tom Heilandt from the UN’s commission on food safety, Codex Alimentarius.
By Clare Naden on
Reading the tea leaves for a better world
It is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world and in times of confinement and stress, there is nothing like a good old cuppa. International Tea Day is designed to promote sustainable production and consumption, and ISO has a bag of standards that can help.