Chris Dominico, speaking from Pennsylvania, USA, is a seasoned professional with a wealth of knowledge in designing and managing food safety programs. Together, they bring a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, providing valuable insights into the realm of operational and GMP auditing in the food industry.
Mastering Operational & GMP Auditing
In a collaborative initiative to enlighten the food industry with pivotal knowledge, BRCGS and Safefood 360° have orchestrated a series of insightful webinars. This session, being the second in a three-part series, meticulously explores Operational & GMP Auditing, revealing its significance in safeguarding food safety and quality. Below is a recap of the second webinar in the series:
Key Insights from the Webinar
- The Essence of Operational Audits: Operational audits, encompassing GMP, GHP, and PRP audits, involve detailed inspections and checks, ensuring the production of safe and quality food products.
- Underpinning HACCP: Regardless of the robustness of a HACCP plan, it must be underpinned by a solid prerequisite program to guarantee the safety of food products.
- Significance of Predefined Schedules: Activities in food safety management, such as cleaning and pest control, are conducted based on predefined schedules, ensuring the operation remains safe and does not transition to an unsafe state.
Key Takeaways from the Webinar
- Deep Dive into Auditing: The second session in a three-part series, focusing on operational and GMP auditing, essential for securing food safety excellence amidst escalating global standards.
- Securing Food Safety Excellence: The webinar underscores the importance of a robust auditing process, empowering participants to identify potential gaps, mitigate risks, and assure continuous compliance.
- Affiliation with LGC Assure: BRCGS and Safefood 360°, part of LGC Assure, aim to deliver science for a safer world, forming a conglomerate of brands including BRCGS, Safefood 360°, Informed, and SAS.
- BRCGS’s Global Impact: With over 33,000 certificated sites worldwide, BRCGS has established various standards applicable across the supply chain, ensuring adherence to global food safety and quality standards.
Operational Audits: A Closer Look
Operational audits, also known as GMP, GHP, or PRP audits, involve meticulous inspections and checks on standards and practices in food businesses. These audits are prerequisites, ensuring the production of safe, legal, and quality food products. The webinar emphasizes the importance of these audits, providing insights into conducting them effectively and understanding the key principles underlying them.
The Significance of Predefined Schedules in Risk Management
Many activities in food safety management, such as cleaning, pest control, and training, are conducted based on predefined schedules or frequencies. The assumption is that if these activities are not conducted effectively or at the required frequency, the operation may transition from safe to unsafe. Understanding the qualitative shift in the level of risk, based on the accumulation of events over time, is crucial to comprehending why audits are conducted.
In the pursuit of food safety excellence, mastering operational and GMP auditing is pivotal. This webinar not only provides a comprehensive guide to best practices but also empowers food businesses to pinpoint potential gaps, mitigate risks, and assure continuous compliance. Engage with the webinar to elevate your understanding and application of food safety practices in the industry.
About Safefood 360°: founded in 2010 by a team of food safety experts, offers cutting-edge solutions to address the challenges faced by food-related industries. Combining Food Safety Management and Supplier Quality Management, the platform features over 35 pre-set modules, creating a fast, secure, and audit-ready working environment. Recently acquired by LGC Group, Safefood 360° now benefits from being a part of a wider network of brands, including BRCGS and Informed, all united in their mission to provide science for a safer world. Safefood 360° stands as an innovative software crafted by food safety experts. Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest food safety news. If you would like to have more details about how to ensure the food safety of your company, submit a demo request here.