Food safety is a priority for every food company, no matter how large or small the firm may be, or where the provider fits into the supply chain. When tainted foods become public knowledge, failure to meet safety standards can literally put a company out of business.
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But no food company works in isolation. Even if the firm has excellent safety processes internally, it’s still at risk if any tainted foods come from outside providers.
Consequently, a number of certifications have been established worldwide to ensure food companies can prove they have ongoing food safety processes in place. These certifications may seem challenging to implement at first, but certified safety processes are more than worth the effort—especially in the food industry.
Three common scenarios are the reasons why.
- The potential for a food recall is a significant risk for every food company.
- Food safety compliance audits can be expensive, especially if the company’s quality controls and reporting processes are deemed inadequate.
- And most importantly, unlike the majority of manufacturing companies, spoilage and contamination are very real concerns for food companies.
In the scramble to meet compliance standards, however, the ability to view certification as an opportunity to improve production and profitability often gets lost in the shuffle. The good news is that all compliance schemes can enhance a company’s ability to achieve key performance indicators (KPIs) and business goals—not just protect it from safety violations.