Global standards in food industry quality control
Even though food is produced in various places and environments, the general standards are usually very similar regarding the quality control in food industry. One reason for this is the global standards, such as HACCP which is the most common requirement that a food producer needs to fulfill.
The standards in the food industry have tightened in the last decades, meaning that now food producers have more pressure to improve their safety and quality processes. It is proven, that by implementing an X-ray system to your production line, you are able to meet and even exceed the requirements that large global and local retail chains are demanding.
Requirements in Food Quality Control
There are several food safety and food quality control requirements that have been set by the authorities and large retailers or chains in the food industry. Most used and well-known is HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), which was created by USDA to address food safety through the analysis and control of biological, chemical or physical hazards in food supply chain. This is the first requirement that food producers come across when they start the food production business.
Other standards that are usually required when exporting food products:
- BRC (British Retail Consortium) – Trade association for UK retailing, also recognized as a global standard.
- IFS (International Featured Standards) – A recognized standard for auditing food manufacturers.
- GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) – Project to harmonize international food safety standards and reduce the need for multiple supplier audits.
- EFSIS (European Food Safety Inspection Service) – Acting as a stepping stone to achieving the requirements of the full BRC Standard.
Retail chains (such as Tesco, M&S and Costco) have their own requirements for their vendors. These food quality control requirements might be tighter, stricter, product-specific or even demand specific working methods or processes in order to be fulfilled.
Achieving the Food Safety and Quality Control Requirements
X-ray system fulfills and exceeds the requirements of a critical control point, as it detects and rejects the physical contaminants from production line. In addition, the system can inspect other quality factors (such as shape or integrity) and inspect the food inside any kind of packaging material.
Food producers are able to fulfill even the most demanding quality and safety standards in the global food industry when they implement MEKI X-ray inspection system into their production line. The system is easily upgradable to meet standards such as BRC or a demanding retail chain specification. The additional requirements can consist of rejection confirmation, rejection bin full and air pressure monitoring, for example. These are common requirements of many global retail chains.
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