The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback on ISO’s proposal for the development of a new technical committee (TC) on Machinery intended for use with foodstuffs. All responses submitted to SCC will serve to generate a Canadian position on the proposal.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
Feeding a growing world population is an enormous challenge. Food is derived from animals or plants, and the demand for raw materials already represents an enormous task for primary production. Products from agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture are processed as required and are used for food production.
Industrial processing is vital for meeting society's needs for food in sufficient quantities and of the necessary quality. In the long term, meeting these needs for a growing population is only possible with the use of machines. Machinery intended for use with foodstuffs is therefore part of a modern food supply system. For these reasons, the number of such machines, as well as the number of food producers, is continuously increasing.
In addition to quantity and quality, the increase of shelf life for the food products is also a decisive factor in this system, which can be achieved by hygienic machine processing. The production of food with long shelf lives allows longer transport routes to consumers, from local to global.
Scope of proposed technical activity
Foodstuff machines are machines that process various raw materials and ingredients into intermediate food products and/or ready-to-eat food. The scope of the proposed technical activity consists of standardization of individual machine types and their accessories used in the foodstuffs supply chain, as well as processing systems and complete production lines consisting of these machines.
The standards to be created by this TC deal with specific and typical aspects of machines used in the food industry. These aspects include – but are not limited to – health and safety at work for operators (safety of food machinery), consumer health and safety (food safety) and hygienic design principles.
Excluded are the fields covered by ISO/TC 23 (Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry), ISO/TC 283 (Occupational health and safety management) and ISO/TC 293 (Feed machinery).
The work of the new ISO/TC will focus on, but is not limited to, the following machinery sectors:
- bakery machinery and equipment,
- meat processing machinery and equipment,
- catering equipment,
- centrifuges for processing edible oil and fats,
- ice-cream machinery,
- pasta and cereals processing machines,
- bulk milk coolers,
- fish processing machinery,
- machinery and equipment for slaughterhouses.
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Stakeholders are invited to consider whether or not they agree with the proposal by completing a brief stakeholder feedback form.
Deadline for survey submission
The SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Please fill out the Stakeholder feedback form no later than October 8, 2019.
For more information, please contact SCC at email@example.com.
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