Third-party audits are an attempt by our industry to create a mechanism for objective determination of the quality and safety of food processing operations at a particular company.
We all know that FDA and USDA inspections, while a critical part of our safety and sanitation infrastructure, have a number of weaknesses. Moreover, while there are legitimate motivations having to do with concern for the public health, there are serious business concerns behind the development of the third-party food safety auditing business.
There are a number of organizations who have developed certification standards, including the BRC (from the British Retail Consortium) and the SQF (from Safe Quality Food Institute), and those organizations maintain a process of approving companies qualified to perform audits.
Of course, things are often different in practice than they are in theory. While the system seems intelligent and necessary, one difficulty is that third-party food safety audits are usually paid for by the company being audited, producing a rather distinct conflict of interest.
FSS Food Safety is familiar with the requirements of third-party food safety audits in particular instances and in general. We are in the business of helping you design a complete program of disinfectants, practices and sanitation chemicals to help you prepare for your audit, take corrective action, and maintain your certification. All of us in the food processing industry are dedicated to the manufacture of safe, high quality, clean and wholesome food products.
At FSS, we have developed expertise over the course of many years of varied and successful experience. Our goal is to be the most respected source of food sanitation expertise, products, and protocols. We supply a truly remarkable range of products, and take particular pride that our experienced and standards-aware professionals are very well qualified to guide and advise you. Get to know us better and let us be partners in meeting all your food plant hygiene needs.