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Food Safety

Why Food Safety?

Negative headlines draw attention to quality problems in the food industry and create an atmosphere of uncertainty amongst consumers and the public at large. Nowadays, food safety is more important than ever, and has become a top priority for food producers, manufacturers, and their suppliers - from farm to fork. Many wholesalers and retailers insist on a current food safety certificate before a food manufacturer/producer is even accepted into the supply chain. The certificate is therefore essential for all those wishing to participate in the industry.

 

Why consider Food Safety Certification?

The importance of food safety certification is recognized by TUV USA. Not only will this certification increase customer’s ability to gain entry into wholesale and retail markets, globally, but it will also assure people that the product is coming from a clean, well-managed production environment. The certification on top of a clear record of how the product is produced, stored, handled, and distributed provides optimal business and service.

Since there are many certifications out there, it is important to choose one depending on your retail and supplier requirements. You will find that a lot of retailers will require full certifications that will be recognized by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative). TUV USA provides auditing services to clients to achieve the appropriate certification.

Once you have put a food safety program in place and are ready to schedule an audit, you can contact your third-party auditing company TUV USA to determine the next step you need to take for your food safety certification.

Why Choose TUV-USA?

We are the right partner when it comes to food safety, and will be happy to assist your company achieve your targets.

  • TUV is a recognized brand in the world for over 150 years, and stands for quality, precision and reliability.
  • We are a multi-national company, operating in 70 countries through our TUV NORD subsidiaries and being able to provide inspection and certification audits worldwide.
  • The auditors are selected after meeting stringent criteria that exceeds industry standards.
  • We have competent auditors for every category of BRCGS and SQF.
  • TUV provides a realistic, hands-on approach with a fair cost structure. There are no hidden costs or surprises involved when you get your audit through us.
  • Our company culture requires each employee to be customer-oriented. We care for you and your needs, and you will get a friendly staff who are available to answer you in a fast and efficient manner. 

What is the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)?

TUV USA is proud to be participating the delivery of audits for the Standards that are benchmarked with The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). GFSI was launched in May 2000 with the purpose of establishing benchmarking requirements for the food safety standards covering the whole food chain.

The GFSI's main task is to provide continuous improvement in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. This was achieved through guiding the standards and standard-owners (CPOs) such as BRCGS, SQF, and FSSC22000 by means of benchmarking process.

A food safety management scheme/program (CPO) is recognized by GFSI when it meets its benchmarking requirements which are based on internationally recognized food safety requirements. The list of the GFSI-recognized CPOs can be found at: mygfsi.com/how-to-implement/recognition/

What is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)?

According to the regulatoory bodies, such as United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), foodborne illnesses affect one in six Americans – 48 million people – and is the cause of approximately 3,000 deaths each year in the United States. These figures are likely to be higher as most of the cases are unreported. Because the symptoms are often flu-like, many people may not recognize that the illness is caused by pathogens in food. Those at greater risk are infants, young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with weak immune systems.

The majority of these foodborne illnesses can be prevented. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed in to law on January 4, 2011 to ensure that the United States’ food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to being proactive and preventing the contamination from occurring. FSMA includes preventative controls, regulation for inspections and compliance testing, as well as regulations regarding the importation of food. These regulations are now in full effect.

Besides the government, various organizations exist to help the food industry implement changes within their organizations, and to understand food safety, taking measures from risk-based approach (HACCP) and good manufacturing practices (GMP) to prevent occurrence of contamination within their supply chain.

Food safety is no longer considered only a legal requirement, but is now seen as an ethical issue that has direct impact on human life.

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