The Requirements of Food Safety Compliance.
In order for the general public to access safe and fit food which is free of diseases and unsafe substances, different agencies and independent bodies governed the safety standards of food which are different from state to state. There are bodies and agencies mandated with ensuring that the general public has access to safe food and the local authority has a responsibility of ensuring that these standards and measures are fully and enforced. One of the major and powerful organization in creating these standards as the world health organization. The food safety measures covers a large area including how the food is refrigerated or transported, mixing of different types of food, food handling, and food labeling.
Below the discussions about the food safety compliance and management requirements. The implementation of these requirements and food safety management is based on the microbiological criteria for food as well as guidelines to develop safety plans. There are three sections for the implementation of these safety measures which are system requirements, food safety fundamentals which is the building, equipment design, construction and prerequisite programs.
To begin with, the system requirements describe the expected contents of the food safety management system. The duty of the senior management as to demonstrate its commitment to complying with this code and producing of safe food products. It has a documented management policy which reinforces this commitment and to ensure an effective communication. It has the responsibility of allocating duties and authority, appointing the practitioners, ensure adequate training and document job description.
It is also the responsibility of system requirements to conduct management reviews and to ensure the continuity of the plan. This ensures that the agreement on food safety standards are specifications for and control of raw materials, contract service providers, packaging, finished products, and contract manufacturers. The second key requirements are the compliance with food registration. In this section, there is need for establishing safety fundamentals, control incoming goods and services, safety plans, non-conforming product/equipment procedures, and preventive action procedures.
In the last section of the prerequisite programs, the requirement includes the calibration, maintenance, training, cleaning/sanitation, monitoring of water quality, personnel practices, control of physical contaminants, pest control, transports/delivery, supplier approval, allergen control and waste management. There is the need of having preventive safety risks, on-site laboratories, first aid facilities, staff amenities and protective clothing and waste disposal. The requirements on equipment design and construction means that the location or the environment should be suitable and managed to prevent safety risk. The requirements prescribed that the equipment, utensils, vehicles, hand washing facilities are well maintained and available.