This article introduces the Sanitation column to Food Safety Magazine as an important aspect of food safety.
If auditors and auditees are prepared, audits can be relatively painless and result in valuable information that sets the stage for continuing process improvement.
The process audit is a powerful tool. It allows the auditor to go beyond inspecting the cosmetic issues in a plant.
The Certified Angus Beef brand was founded by Angus cattle rancher members of the American Angus Association.
Teamwork and preparation are necessary to meet the constant and enormous challenges of producing safe food as well as passing a food safety audit with flying colors.
Snack foods are all low in moisture. They have low water activity and do not support the growth of food pathogens or even spoilage organisms.
While the U.S. food supply is considered generally safe, a steady stream of high profile food-related illness outbreaks undermines that idea.
ISO has a mission to develop international standards in a transparent, open manner, which meet marketplace needs.
Organic integrity and prevention of contamination and commingling are the basis for many of the requirements in organic coffee production.
If the food safety standards and audit checklists are harmonized across the different audit groups, that should make it easier for customers to compare, and accept, audit results.
The Global Harmonization Initiative is a network of scientific organizations and individual scientists working to promote harmonization of global food safety regulations and legislation.
Securing a global food supply chain requires a more thoughtful approach to how food businesses and governments look at ensuring food safety.
Whenever the Global Food Safety Initiative standards are presented at various international forums, there is a discussion on which standard is best.
Third-party audits have played, and by necessity will continue to play, a very important role in assuring the safety of the food supply.
Manufacturers should be able to verify the products obtained from their sanitation chemical supplier.
Audits ensure that your plant’s food safety and quality assurance processes are working properly.
Prerequisite programs are absolutely essential for ensuring food safety, as they form the base of a food safety program.
Good Agricultural Practices are a logical extension of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points into the fresh produce industry.
As you look toward ways to improve your sanitation program, the value of an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow audit provided by your chemical supplier cannot be overstated.
There are many different audit formats being used within the food industry, but regardless of which one you choose, the best reason to have an audit is the genuine desire to improve.