Food safety audits and inspections “never enough”

“Food auditors provide a snapshot of production practices. However, buyers often believe auditors are performing a full verification of every product and process of food production”.

These words are a powerful reminder by Doug Powell, a Kansas State University food safety expert.

His article in Food Control, a food science and technology journal addresses the issue of an audit versus continual commitment to food safety. One example was of a salmonella outbreak linked to a company that had been audited and passed.

While food safety audits have a key role in promoting food safety, the responsibility still remains with the manufacturer. Powell acknowledges “the biggest challenges to solving the food safety issue we face currently are economic”.

Read more at: that is likely to cover many of the themes for this blog. Food safety requires:
– financial resources
– time
– daily commitment
– ongoing commitment

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