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What is Audit in Food Industry?

What is auditing in food industry?

Nowadays, the increased interest of consumers on food safety and quality matters, triggered mainly by recent food scandals, has enabled the public and private food sectors to develop a variety of food safety and quality standards. The audit procedure usually incorporates documentation review and conduction of checks and interviews to confirm compliance with a standard. Traditional inspections evaluate the structure and construction of the sites and visually assess the state of cleanliness, although these may not always be the best indicators. The auditing process may involve the inspection of the whole manufacturing process from a raw material through preparation to dispatch/service and can be very detailed and thorough. Specifically, within the frame of a food safety audit, information about a food business is gathered in order to identify areas of potential improvement in the company’s food safety processes and systems.  Another purpose of the audits is the identification of areas of the business that present deficiencies in order to implement measures for their correction. Audits are very important tools for maintaining food safety standards and any relevant certification, through enabling transparency and reassuring that standards are being maintained. This transparency can increase the collaborative capacity of stakeholders within the supply chain, and improves safety and efficiency, while promotes the continual improvement within each part of the supply chain. Audits are an essential tool in the process of certifying that proper food safety practices are followed.

What are 3 types of audits?

There are three basic types of safety audit. They are management system audit, compliance audit, and program audit.

(1) The compliance audit is done to check whether you have complied with all the applicable safety laws, standards, and other requirements. The compliance audit can be done by government safety inspector or other external safety auditors. This depends on country’s safety rules, safety management system, etc.

(2) The second type of safety audit is program audit. The safety auditor will check safety programs implementation that you have planned or is a mandatory program set by the government or other parties.

(3) The third is safety management system audit. This type of safety audit is an overall audit, where the compliance and program will also be conducted at the same time, besides checking the safety management system itself.

What is third party audit in FSSAI?

What is a 3rd party audit?

Third Party Audit means the inspection of food industry carried out by an organization or agency other than the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) and Food Business Operators.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under Food Safety and Standards, 2006 which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

What is internal audit in food industry?

Senior management commitment to food safety and quality is easily demonstrated through the internal audit program. These programs require resources in the form of employee time (attending internal auditor training and conducting the audit) and financial expenditure to plan, implement, and evaluate corrective actions, including building or equipment repairs, increased sanitation efforts, and improved employee training.

Why food safety audit is important?

What is the purpose of a food safety audit?  What is the purpose of an internal audit of your food safety program?

To strengthen the food safety surveillance system, FSSAI has envisaged audits of Food Business Operators through Private Auditing Agencies. In order to cultivate and foster the growth of compliance culture, FSSAI is enabling compliance through private recognized Auditing Agencies. Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018 has been prepared for the same.

Food Safety Audits will reduce the regulatory Food Safety Inspections conducted by Central or State Licensing Authorities. Satisfactory audits will lead to less frequent regulatory inspections by Central or State Licensing Authority except the regulatory sampling. This will strengthen food Safety surveillance system and encourage self-compliance.

internal audit program helps a facility to find and correct issues within their QMS, internal auditing has two extra benefits. First, a good internal audit program allows you to find and correct the issue before the external audit and demonstrates the facility’s dedication to customer safety.  Second, the internal audit verifies continuous improvement and management commitment. Discovering non-conformances during an internal audit gives the facility the opportunity to demonstrate continuous improvement by implementing corrective actions. Senior management commitment to food safety and quality is easily demonstrated through the internal audit program. These programs require resources in the form of employee time (attending internal auditor training and conducting the audit) and financial expenditure to plan, implement, and evaluate corrective actions, including building or equipment repairs, increased sanitation efforts, and improved employee training.

How do I become a food safety auditor in India?
How can I become a food auditor in India?

How do I become a food auditor?

Find out more about working in the field of food safety. See what it takes to become a food safety auditor, including details on available training courses and certification.

Food safety auditors are responsible for ensuring that food outlets and agricultural centers are following acceptable practices and standards to deliver healthy products. The role requires attention to detail while carrying out full audits using procedures and regulations learned in training to conclude the overall standard of an outlet.

Upon graduation, you can take a third-party certification, which covers the globally used HACCP safety guidance. These programs are recognized by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) or ANSI (American National Standards Institute), along with food retailers and organizations worldwide. There are a range of courses in the U.S which embed these set standards and regulations, which can then lead to a role as a food safety auditor. On-the-job training in this role may cover areas such as food production techniques along with food hygiene and sanitation procedures.

How do I conduct Food Safety Audit?

How do you conduct a food safety audit?

To drastically reduce the risk of food contamination, develop a food safety audit. It means a food production, storage and distribution monitoring system for identification and control of food-related health risks. Importantly, one of the goals of food safety audit is aimed at preventing food contamination, rather than an evaluating the end product.

The Seven principles of conducting food safety audits are as follows…

(1) Hazard Analysis

(2) Critical Control Points Identification

(3) Establishment of Critical Limits

(4) Monitoring Procedures

(5) Corrective Actions

(6) Verifications

(7) Record Keeping.

What are the Steps to Proceed and How to Achieve Food Safety Audit?

Based on the Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulation, 2018, Part III. Section 8(3), the food businesses subject to mandatory food safety auditing shall get its business audited by recognized auditing agency at interval specified by the food authority.

Food Safety Audit Consultancy

addwise has extensive experience in understanding how to develop, implement and validate/verify supplier-auditing programs. We offer comprehensive services in this regard such as:

  • Supplier Auditing Optimization (review of current programs and recommendations for modifications, if needed)
  • Developing and helping to implement new programs (includes guidelines for selecting Third Party Auditing Agency, role of consumer complaint monitoring and cost implications to you and your suppliers)
  • Conducting Triage Audits in cases where recalls or consumer complaints are involved
  • Developing risk-based auditing instruments
  • addwise can help you with 100% success rate of project implementation with in time frame.
  • addwise also helps organization consultancy on Plant Design, Plant Layout and construct plant as per Fssai requirements.

Who we are as Food Auditing Consultancy?

Team addwise have Food Safety Qualified professionals, microbiologists and Lead Auditors who have consulted for Third Party Audits in more than 800 organization covering manufacturing and service industries of varied size and complexity in India, Ethiopia, Kuwait Qatar, Duabi and Middle East.

Team addwise includes legal experts on food safety laws, rules and regulations, helps organization comply with. Team addwise includes QCI Approved and FSSAI Approved Food Safety Management System Consultant for Third Party Audit.

addwise have successfully completed Food Certification projects consultancy with 100% success rate.

addwise is the only QCI Approved Food Safety Consultant in Gujarat. addwise is the only FSSAI Approved HACCP, ISO 22000 Food Safety Inspector, FSSAI Consultant, FSSAI Assessor and FSSAI Evaluator. 

addwise provides  Fssai Third Party Audit Consultancy services in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Junagadh, Surendranagar, Mumbai, Pune, Mehsana, Sidhpur, Palanpur, Gandhinagar, Nadiad, Anand, Kutch, Ankleshwar, Dahej, Bharuch, Vapi, Valsad, Junagadh, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, New Delhi, Chennai, Bangaluru, Hubli, Belgaum, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Nepal, Bhutan, UAE, Middle East, Dubai etc.

What we Offer?

  • One to One & personal attention rather than pure professional approach.
  • 100% client retained till today.
  • In-time project completion for all the projects handled till today.
  • Team includes Lead Auditors, industry experts and Government QCI & FSSAI Approved Consultants.
  • We don’t make client follow up for their project rather we follow up client for project execution.
  • Client services for LIFE TIME not only up to project completion.
  • Hence 100% client satisfactions at all the times.
  • addwise believes that implementation of system is more important than no. of visit.
  • Confidentiality is strictly maintained during and after implementation of project.

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List of Audited Clients

Zydus Cadila Group, Havmor Ice Cream Limited, Ruparel Foods Pvt. Ltd. Haldyn Heinz, Kalpesh Corporation, LCL Logistics, Satnam Psyllium,  etc.

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Contact: Girish Sharma

addwise – +91 99789 40673

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