Food Safety Standards
DId you know that every year around 3,000 Americans die from food poisoning? Food poisoning occurs when food is not properly cooked or properly handled, and the consequences of food poisoning are severe. Unless you enjoy spending loads of time in the bathroom or writhing in pain, you should always try to make sure that the person serving your food, if it is not you or a family member, has some sort of food safety certification.
If you eat food that is improperly handled or improperly cooked, there is a chance you can catch listeriosis, a bacterial infection that occurs primarily in pregnant women, infants, the elderly and those whose immune systems are compromised. For those that are immunocompromised, making sure food is safe and germ exposure is kept to a minimum would seem to be a top priority.
Out of over 19,000 international standards, over 1,000 are devoted to food, agricultural machinery, logistics, transportation, manufacturing, labeling, packaging and storage. Pretty much every product you buy has to be up to some sort of standards before the government certifies it as able to be sold.
There are some standards that belong to a family of standards, a sort of umbrella set of standards under which a number of different products fall. Among these is ISO 14000, which helps organizations minimize how their operations affect the environment, in addition to helping them comply with the regulations that apply. Iso 14001 certification and all the certifications under the umbrella must be earned.
As of the year 2010, ISO 14001 was used by over 223,000 organizations in 159 countries and economies. The ISO series of standards must be earned through ISO training courses, which can be done in person or alive. Before you buy anything, you should make sure it is up to the proper standards, or there is a dangerous chance you are getting a low quality product.
As9100 is a standard that applies specifically to the aerospace industry. For those who fly or go into space, or are involved in the engineering or flying industry, the standards of As9100 would seem pretty important. You do not want to go up into the air unless you know you are in a safe place.