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Food safety
STAYING AHEAD OF
inspections
MAINTAINING SANITARY CONDITIONS AND VERIFICATION of
processes through documentation are some of the top things to be
prepared for during an inspection.
Also at the top of the list: having all your documents organized and
readily available, and having the ability to effectively communicate the
details of your programs and documentation.
" Maintaining sanitary conditions is crucial in any industry, especially
when it comes to food safety, " said Candy Lucas, senior food safety
director for Kieler, Wis.-based PSSI, a leading food safety and contract
sanitation provider. " There's a lot to manage in food processing plants
and retail stores, such as personal hygiene, allergen control, cleaning of
storage areas, chemical monitoring and maintenance and pest control. "
Having proper documentation and being able to show verification of
your processes and procedures to ensure you're following compliance,
she said, will help you be prepared and set you up for success in your
food safety audits.
As PSSI continues to evolve to promote best practices in food safety,
regulations continue to change, said Jillian Smith, food safety manager
of the company's F.A.S.T. team. It's important, she said, to have a team
of experts to monitor these changes and help implement them in your
facilities.
" Another change we're seeing is that customer demands and
expectations are evolving, " Smith said. " Customers expect more from
retailers and food production facilities on food safety and transparency
of the entire process from farm to table.
BY ANDY NELSON
COVID brought to light some additional best practices inside
and outside the workplace, she added. Those practices begin with
educating personnel on proper handwashing, good housekeeping, and
cleaning as well as mitigation strategies such as in-depth cleaning of
communal/welfare areas.
While obviously not new to the industry, the pandemic, she said,
reinforced the importance and awareness of them.
Pest management's role
Building the right programs and training for employees are two
important elements for compliance, said Pat Hottel, technical director
for McCloud Services, South Elgin, Ill.
" McCloud's service specialists receive extensive training in a variety
of food safety topics, " she said.
That training includes education regarding food safety pathogens
and the pests that can transmit them. McCloud remains up to date
with all federal, state, and local food regulations and establishes pest
management programs in line with its clients' individual audit and
regulatory needs.
Identifying needs and developing and executing the programs
helps ensure food safety inspection readiness, Hottel added. Proper
documentation weighs heavily in those inspections, and McCloud
excels in this area by designing documentation packages which are
compliant and well organized. In addition, the company is available to
be onsite during audits and inspections when requested.
McCloud Service's
service specialists
receive extensive
training in a variety of
food safety topics.
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