10 Ways to Achieve Food Safety and Compliance for Customer Safety

Every consumer deserves safe and high-quality food products. Without proper compliance and inspection, there is a risk of producing food products of substandard quality. This may affect the health and safety of consumers. In this article, we will learn how to achieve food safety and compliance.

    10 Ways to Achieve Food Safety and Compliance

  1. Know the Food Safety Standards
  2. There are several food safety standards across the world. Choose the standards your country recognizes and measure food items against these standards. Use the right industrial scales while measuring food items as per the standards.

  3. Emphasize on Traceability for Compliance
  4. Recalling your products on a national or global scale due to quality concerns will damage the company's reputation. To dodge this nightmare, focus on traceability.

    By implementing state-of-the-art traceability, you can:

    • Perform precise and faster product recalls, if necessary
    • Improve brand building and protection
    • Minimize the scope and impact of recalls
    • Improve customer protection
    • Increase quality control and production efficiency

    Incorporate a traceability system to get valuable data that you can use to make informed business decisions.

  5. Achieving Food Safety in Retail Stores
  6. You must provide food safety to all your consumers. Here's how to do it:

    • Food Safety: To ensure the safety of food products, focus on traceability. The correct documentation on internal and external processes will prevent risks. Food safety will lead to loyal customers.
    • Labeling: Many factors play a role in the purchasing decisions of a consumer. These include allergies, diets and risk awareness. Mention the ingredients clearly on the labels to help consumers learn about the product.
    • Hygienic Practices: Define and maintain food hygienic practices to offer fresh and untainted food items to consumers. Good hygienic practices reduce the exchange and spread of microorganisms to a non-hazardous level. Use the basic principles of HACCP to prevent hazards.

  7. Controlling Package Quality
  8. You can package your food items in a bottle jar, box or can. By law you are required to display its net weight, volume or number of pieces. Packaging quality control also includes the safety of the package as well as the image used on it.

    If these elements are missing, it can lead to compliance issues with the regulatory requirements. Quality packaging enhances consumer acceptance as well.

  9. Visual Inspection
  10. All the food products must be defect-free and identical by weight and appearance.

    Use a vision inspection system that can detect 100 percent of the defects it is programmed to capture. This prevents you from delivering defective and mislabeled products to the customers.

  11. Maintaining Clean and Hygienic Food Scales
  12. Design and install food weighing equipment as per safety standards. The design must allow cleaning and sanitizing of the equipment to minimize contamination.

  13. Meeting Legal Metrology Standards
  14. Every ingredient in the food item must weigh accurately for the health and public safety of the consumers. It is also important for fair taxation. You must meet the Legal Metrology Standards to ensure the weights are accurate.

  15. Taking Intrinsic Safety Measures
  16. Use intrinsically safe equipment to weigh and process food products. This makes it possible to accurately weigh food items in hazardous regions as well.

  17. Performing Moisture Analyzer Testing
  18. Moisture affects the shelf life, processability, and usability of food products. Errors while conducting moisture analysis may impact quality results. Moreover, there are statutory rules governing the maximum permissible moisture content.

  19. Foreign Body Detection
  20. Foreign items like buttons, metal shavings, screws, etc., can accidentally make their way into the food products. Detecting such foreign bodies is crucial for consumer safety.

    These steps will help you achieve high customer satisfaction levels. It will directly translate to increased sales and profits.

    Author Bio:

    Kevin Hill heads the marketing efforts for scales offered by Quality Scales Unlimited in Byron, CA. Besides his day job, he loves to write about the different types of scales and their importance in various industries. He also writes about how to care for and get optimized performance from different scales in different situations. He enjoys spending time with family and going on camping trips.