Quality Assurance at the Manufacturing Level
Quality matters throughout the supply chain — from product development and sourcing to manufacturing and distribution. This focus on quality is especially true for food manufacturing, which has the added consideration of food safety.
External certifications and standards set consistent quality parameters for food manufacturers. Here are five ways food manufacturers demonstrate quality, ranging from global indicators to industry involvement:
- GFSI-BRC Certification
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an industry-driven global collaboration to advance food safety. Manufacturers achieve GFSI certification by a successful third-party audit against a recognized certification program, such as the BRC Global Standard. According to BRCglobalstandards.com, the Standard provides a framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality. At AFP advanced food products llc, every plant is BRC certified, meeting Global Standard of Food Safety requirements.
HACCP, short for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, is a management system that addresses food safety throughout all phases of the supply chain process. Food safety systems based on the HACCP principles have been successfully applied in food processing plants, retail food stores and foodservice operations. AFP’s world-class quality aseptic packaging process is managed by HACCP.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), according to their website, works to assure that the U.S. food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome and honestly labeled. The organization provides Current Good Manufacturing Practices, which outlines proper design, monitoring and control of manufacturing processes and facilities. AFP specializes in FDA-approved aseptic technology.
- Food production organization membership
Participating in industry organizations, particularly those related to food production, help manufacturers stay up to date with the latest research, recommendations and news around certifications. AFP maintains professional membership in several American food production organizations — including GMA, CAPPS and Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center.
- Customer-specific Q/A programs
Complex challenges in the food supply chain have led some retailers and other sellers to require additional assurances from their suppliers. They may have requirements related to a certain food product or may create their own Q/A programs based on key quality indicators. AFP works with customers to ensure products meet their specific needs.
With proper certifications and quality systems in place, food manufacturers can ensure their processes meet the ultimate goal: satisfying the end user with a safe, high-quality and delicious product.
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