Since the safety of food is always an important issue, here are 10 tips to improve the food safety in your supply chain:
1. Know the origin of the ingredients
The ingredients provide the basis of your product. Therefore it is essential to know how and where these ingredients were created. It is often taken for a granted practice but recent cases (e.g. fipronil in eggs and poultry) show that the ingredients should be documented and regulary validated.
2. Know the facilites
Not only the product itself or the ingredients can cause safety lacks but also their storage and transportation (e.g.storage temperatures or contamination from unclean facilities). Not knowing the facilities and storage practices can cause a huge risk for public safety or a food crisis or recalls.
3. Regular audits
Every retailer should ensure and maintain regular food safety audits due to food saftey policies and requirements. The methods and expectations for auditing should be communicated and enforced to guarantee everyone who is involved is on the same level.
4. Know your supply chain
Most partners in the supply chain do not know the entire supply chain – it is more common to just have the visibility within one or two levels. More transperency on all levels could lead to more trust of consumers in their food.
5. Strive for sustainabiltiy and assume responsibility
Sustainability is not only a new worldwide trend regarding food, behaviour or clothes. These days consumers expect higher quality standards to ensure conscientious farming, employment policies and to increase environmental awareness and are willing to spend more money on food when these standards are used.
6. Ensure accurate labeling
The customer is king. Due to that motto, manufacturers and retailers should refer to the customer needs and provide the information they need and want to know. Especially when it comes to raw materials, ingredients, allergens, country of origin or nutritional information, the label of a product is the first source of information for a consumer. Not pointing out these information can cause allergic reactios or even worse deseases.
7. Consider packaging
On the one hand the packaging allows the consumers to identify with the product and the brand. It is not only a recognition value but also an important factor for food safety. From the moment the food is packaged, through the storage and transportation to the consumer’s table, it is a long way. Therefore the packaging should protect the food from the different options of contamination.
8. Map out steps for potential food recalls
When it comes to a food recall or crisis the source of the contamination has to be identified. Adopting a right technology, which supports the whole supply chain, is maybe the most effective way to reduce the response time. Either way there has to be a good working schedule to solve the potential crisis and reduce the costs a food recall can cause.
9. Adhere requirements and policies
Consumers expect everyone in the supply chain to adhere food regularisations and this is what retailers, manufacturers and suppliers should strive for.
10. Test the quality of the food
To make sure the product is safe and guarantees quality it needs to be tested regulary. This includes not only the taste and appearance of the food but also the ingredients and potential contaminations. The Tentamus Group with it’s worldwide laboratories is able to meet the ever-increasing demands of their clients.