Friday, January 29, 2010 by Lee Mannering
Last week on his audio blog, PMA Chief Science Officer Dr. Bob Whitaker discussed verification as part of a series of posts about risk assessment and risk management, in particular food safety audits. He noted that sometimes the food safety discussion in our industry is overshadowed or somehow equated with discussions on what audits are best and how many we have to do. The reality is that audits are only a tool - a snapshot in time.
He added that food safety audits are “a mechanism to demonstrate to yourself, your senior management, and your customers that you are following your food safety program – and that you can verify it through your audit that day. At their best, food safety audits are excellent training opportunities for employees, a chance to have an independent set of eyes critique your program, and a time when you can step back from all the other responsibilities and critically look at your food safety program and how it is being implemented. So an audit can be an important learning experience.”
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