Food Safety and Quality Certification Cycles
What are Food Safety and Quality Certification Cycles?
Staying Ahead of Potential Problems
Certification audits allow your food safety and quality management team the opportunity to identify issues to correct and improve their systems on a regular cycle.
Many companies undergo an annual audit related to maintaining a particular food safety or quality certification such as SQF, cGMP or ISO 9001. When performed by a qualified auditor, these audits provide valuable insight into the performance of the organization. These audits will identify non-conformances(NCs) either against the audited standard or the company’s own programs.
Following the audit cycle, companies perform corrective actions to resolve the non-conformances and prevent future incidents by eliminating the root cause. These corrective actions can involve quick and simple fixes such as retraining employees. The audit-correction process can also help head-off time consuming and costly fixes such as infrastructure or facility failures.
Uncover Opportunities for Improvements
Why We Need to Think in Terms of Cycles
Many businesses operate in terms of business cycles. Retail sales and consumer goods fluctuate throughout the year with peaks at major holidays. Tax professionals work tirelessly at tax season to meet deadlines before their less rigorous schedules return.
HVAC service providers see an influx of customers during the hottest and coldest months of the year with large gaps of reduced business in between. Smart companies take advantage of the inherent “downtime” between expected periods of increased activity whether they be marked by holidays, tax day or the winter solstice. Food Safety and Quality Management Systems often follow a cycle dictated by annual audits. The period of time between these audits should be used to not only resolve existing corrective actions but to aggressively institute continuous improvement initiatives and other proactive means of enhancing the overall system and, by extension, the organization itself.
The Natural Cycles of Food Safety
Include Safety Cycles in Your Long Term Planning & Daily Activities
Evaluate 2021 to Succeed in 2022
How Avert Can Help
Matthew McClure provides sound strategies that instill cost-effective methods for building robust food safety, operational and quality assurance programs. Along with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Microbiology from The University of Akron and an MBA in Finance from Louisiana State University, Matthew brings over 20 years of experience in the food safety industry to AVERT Food Safety Advisors. His knowledge spans many areas including FDA food processing facilities, USDA meat and poultry plants, dietary supplement manufacturers, retail, cannabis manufacturing, and food service operations.
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