Letter: Looking beyond the food safety audit score

10/28/2011 09:25:00 AM
Amelia Freidline

 

  • Any member who fails to comply is decertified from the programs. Buyers are notified of the action and the company’s name is posted on the Internet.
  • Regular, ongoing audits of all members enable the government and the respective program management to track findings and to calibrate the performance of auditors over time.   
  • Outreach and education efforts are conducted for members to help build awareness of problem areas, and to assist farmers and handlers in improving their implementation of the required food safety practices. 

 

As a result, the industry constantly improves its practices and consumers are better protected against foodborne illnesses.

That said, no food safety system is perfect, and we certainly do not mean to state that our programs are foolproof. 

We do believe, however, that the true measure of success does not come from an audit score but is achieved when an entire commodity group or industry adopts a culture of food safety that is designed to identify risks, strives for continual improvement and always seeks to learn more.


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