All You Need to Know About What is Food Quality & Safety as per cGMP.

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In this article, you will learn what is Food Quality & Safety as per FDA Requirements and cGMP Good Manufacturing Practices.

Food Quality & Safety Definition

It refers to practices and conditions that preserve the quality of food to prevent contamination and food-borne illnesses during preparation, handling, and storage.

Food Safety practices can assure that food will not cause harm to the consumer when it is prepared and/or eaten according to its intended use.

Some kind of Food Safety procedures and policies are:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Personal presentation and preparation
  • Pest control
  • Waste management
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Temperature control and measurement
  • Food Safety hazard identification

These examples of Food Safety procedures that should be in place in a food-handling environment.

Food Safety procedures could be different for each business and industry.

Therefore, it is important to know what your company’s Food Safety procedures and policies are.

Food Quality Definition

Food Quality refers to the attributes and characteristics of a food product that is:

  • acceptable to consumers and meet their expectations;
  • value for money;
  • conforms to the required specifications, and
  • profitable to the company.

Some kind of Food Quality Attributes:

  • External factors such as appearance (size, color, shape, and consistency).
  • Texture
  • Flavor (odor and taste)
  • Correct labeling with the ingredients, nutritional information, and supplier/manufacturer details listed.
  • Products must be properly packaged and sealed.
  • Ingredient standards are maintained.
  • Food quality also deals with product traceability, should a recall of the food product be required.

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Our Food Safety team could provide you a broad range of professional expertise in:

  • FDA Registration SupportThe Bioterrorism Act and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires that:Food facilities register with FDA, and

    FDA be given advance notice on shipments of imported food.

    Specifically, it mandates that facilities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for consumption in the United States submit additional registration information to FDA, including an assurance that FDA will be permitted to inspect the facility at the times and in the manner permitted by the FD&C Act.

    It also requires food facilities required to register with the FDA to renew such registrations every other year, and provides the FDA with authority to suspend the registration of a food facility in certain circumstances.

  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Readiness Assessment. This act focuses on responding to foodborne illness and preventing it.  Click on this video for more information.
  • Food Safety Plan (FSP) development and implementation.  The FSP consists of the primary documents in a preventive controls food safety system that provides a systematic approach to the identification of food safety hazards that must be controlled to prevent or minimize the likelihood of foodborne illness or injury.
  • HACCP Plan development and implementation, including support with pre-requisite programs.  The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a food safety monitoring system that is used to identify and control biological, chemical, and physical hazards within the storage, transportation, use, preparation, and sale of perishable goods. In addition, this plan determines critical control points (CCP) in the process of food production.
  • Audits to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.

Requirements of a Food & Safety Plan

(a) Requirement for a food safety plan.

(1) You must prepare, or have prepared, and implement a written food safety plan.

(2) The food safety plan must be prepared, or its preparation is overseen, by one or more preventive controls qualified individuals.

(b) Contents of a food safety plan. The written food safety plan must include:

(1) The written hazard analysis as required by 117.130(a)(2);

(2) The written preventive controls as required by 117.135(b);

(3) The written supply-chain program as required by subpart G of this part;

(4) The written recall plan as required by 117.139(a); and

(5) The written procedures for monitoring the implementation of the preventive controls as required by 117.145(a);

(6) The written corrective action procedures as required by 117.150(a)(1); and

(7) The written verification procedures as required by 117.165(b).

(c) Records. The food safety plan required by this section is a record that is subject to the requirements of subpart F of this part.

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REFERENCES: What is Food Quality & Safety




Subpart C–Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls

Sec. 117.126 Food safety plan.


Rules and Standards for Food Processing







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