There are many factors which food processing businesses need to consider to ensure food processing safety for consumers. Adhering to the necessary food safety standards and regulations can help prevent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses such as Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter.
The food manufacturing industry is under the microscope. The quality and safety of our products is our top priority at Fortress Nutrition LLC.
Ways To Ensure Food Processing Safety
There are several factors that all manufacturers should consider in building a defense against packaging failures. First, review the packaging and manufacturing process. Second, address the human error factor. Finally, review the supply chain and ensure that raw materials and value-added products that contribute to your food product are meeting international standards.
Packaging & Manufacturing Process
Contamination and mislabeling risks at the packaging manufacturing stage are often overlooked because the emphasis on food safety usually lies in the preparation of the food itself. Food safety management systems, however, can only do so much to protect end users.
The only way to shore up defenses against an outbreak and mitigate any failures in packaging labeling is to review and prepare against the factors at play in the packaging process, and ensure that manufacturing practices are adhering to all safety and quality standards.
Pest control plays an important part in food safety. Troublesome insects such as cockroaches and flies can spread food-borne diseases by contaminating food at any stage of production.
Rodents also spread diseases as well as causing damage to buildings, fixtures and machinery. Stored product insects can damage and contaminate food during transport and storage.
Investing in pest control monitoring and detection can help prevent pests from entering a food processing establishment, assisting in the compliance of food safety.
Maintenance Should be Your TOP Priority
maintenance and sanitation should be a top priority — even above expediency. Your brand and your reputation depend on your ability to ensure safe, clean food products. If you slack on regular maintenance, then nothing else you do matters.
Establish cleaning and disinfection programs to ensure the correct hygiene standards are met and reduce the risk of a foodborne illness outbreak.
This includes properly cleaning and disinfecting food preparation areas as well as machinery and utensils used within the food processing cycle to eliminate the microorganisms that cause food poisoning.
Adhering to the correct cleaning processes will also reduce the risk of pests such as rodents, flies and cockroaches in food preparation and processing areas by removing potential food sources and insect breeding sites.
Correct handling, storage & transport
On top of food production and preparation, food safety also has to be applied during handling, storage and transportation, for both incoming deliveries and products going out to customers.
A range of factors needs to be considered during these stages to ensure food products do not become contaminated. Temperature and humidity, hygiene of vehicles, containers and packaging, and even cyber security are all factors which need to considering during these stages of the food supply chain.
Fortress Nutrition, LLC
Fortress LLC is a full packaging company. We offer all kinds of custom packaging materials including bottles, containers, boxes, trays, and others for all manner of goods. With an in-house design team, we offer the best in creative contract packaging for all foods. Including organic food companies that gives your product that all important stand-out quality, improving sales.
– Hygienic packaging keeps your products clean and safe.
– Immediate Prep for D2C or Business to Business. Put immediately into inventory and ready-for-sale.
– Ensure your Products are Safe with the finest metal detection and X-ray equipment.
– Vertical Integration at FORTRESS ensures ultimate cost savings.