April 27, 2016

27/04/2016: Feed Safety Culture: crucial for effective feed safety control

by Johan den Hartog – Managing Director of GMP+ International

First published in Milling and Grain, March 2016

Companies spend a lot of effort and money to control the safety of feed and food, in order to satisfy their customers and to reduce financial risks. Quality management systems are implemented, improvements in buildings and machineries are realised, records are kept, performances are monitored and results are analyzed, evaluated and further improvements introduced.

When a company operates according to a food /feed safety management system, a third party carries out an independent assessment of compliance with normative standards on a regular base.

These assessments, by means of audits, are carried out according to certain methodologies and with welldefined tools. All these facilities, methods and tools are the ‘hardware’ side of the feed / food safety assurance system. However, the human-factor cannot be neglected or underestimated.

Human factor
The human factor relates to the people who are operating within the certified companies. A precondition is that these people are qualified with the proper knowledge and competences. The knowledge is about the products and processes in the feed companies and service providers. Additionally, they need to have understanding of risk assessment methodologies, etc.

This knowledge can be obtained by a minimum of professional education, as well as regular additional training. Because not each person in a company knows everything, cooperation in a (HACCP) team is important to bring all knowledge and experiences together.

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE            

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