When it comes to the food industry, hygiene is undoubtedly the most important factor. Today’s consumers have becoming increasingly demanding with regards to healthy and safe food handling and production, and rightfully so. Every company in the food business is expected to follow some protocols throughout the entire process; from handling and storing raw materials until the final product is packaged and shipped to distributors and sellers. They must also get the necessary certifications to demonstrate their commitment to food safety. Let us first look at why hygiene is important in the food industry before we understand the protocols taken by Second Nature in maintaining the same.
Importance of hygiene in the food industry
As we all know, food components generally enable the spread and multiplication of pathogenic germs and micro-organisms. As such, it becomes important to maintain the highest levels or standard of hygiene while working with them. Relying on international standards of hygiene can prove beneficial not only to the consumers but also the company workers as well as the food establishment itself. It begins with little things like ensuring hands are washed and/or hand-gloves are used each time food is handled, to preventing instances like contamination and cross-contamination which can cause food poisoning and transfer of bacteria from one food product to another. At Second Nature, we provide our food handlers with all the necessary food safety and hygiene awareness training. We also conduct pest-control procedures routinely.
Second Nature is FSSC 22000 compliant
FSSC 22000 certification is one of the most important factors that can help the consumer know whether a player in the food industry is taking adequate measures of food safety. It is an international hygiene standard which defines the requirements of the food safety management system that covers all organisations in the food chain from “farm to fork”. This is a proactive, systematic approach taken by Second Nature to identify food safety hazards, development and implementation of control measures.
Traceability refers to the ability to track or trace any food item through all the stages; be it production, processing or distribution. It allows consumers to trace the movement of the food product; one step forward as well as backward during any given time in the supply chain. Traceability allows consumers to identify the sources of all inputs of the product which includes raw materials, additional ingredients, additives as well as packaging.
Global Food safety standards and certifications
While maintaining strict food safety controls and hygiene is an important part of what we do, Freshtrop also boasts of an educated and experienced team of food technologists and microbiologists who regularly conduct checks to ensure all the standards of hygiene are maintained. We conduct stringent audits by welcoming independent auditors to audit our facilities regularly. Freshtrop also has the following certifications to ensure all standards are met.
- FSSC 22000