Good manufacturing practices (GMP) are best known as important operational requirements that the food industry needs to produce food safely for their consumers. This is an important part of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety system in the food business. GMP compliance is heavily emphasized in all relevant food legislation and customer certification standards.
GMP is important to ensure that businesses produce safe food to the public. Businesses in the food industry have a legal and moral responsibility to prepare food that is safe for the consumer. By not implementing adequate good manufacturing practices (GMP), a food business can risk several negative consequences. All staff should have trained knowledge of the food business’s GMP procedures.
Some Good Manufacturing Practices in Food Industry
Food companies must meet several basic operational procedures in order to fulfill GMP requirements. These can include the following:
- The external environment, construction, and layout of the food premises.
- The thorough maintenance of all equipment and utensils used within the food business.
- The use of suitable chemicals within and around the food premises including cleaning chemicals, pest control chemicals, and machine lubricants.
- The cleanliness of the premises, equipment, utensils, floors, walls, and ceilings, as well as the organization and storage of waste within and by the food business.
- The avoidance of foreign matter, including wood, glass, metal, plastic, pests, paper, string, and tape, within the finished product.
- A pest control program implemented within the food premises and surrounds.
Documenting GMP Within a Food Business
To better assist in the effective implementation of GMP, food businesses should document all procedures on how they are going to implement relevant GMP to their premises and products. Food companies should also maintain records as evidence that they have implemented Good manufacturing practices in case of audits or inspections.
GMP Inspection on Food Premises
Proper inspection is important in the food industry, and businesses having their own internal GMP inspection, including reviewing the site visually, helps make sure that the business is complying with customer expectations and HACCP requirements. This inspection should not done lightly; the food company should initiate a thorough assessment of the site to determine the level of GMP compliance within the facility. Keep all records of any GMP inspection undertaken to be kept as evidence in a third-party certification audit. If there are any issues discovered during the inspection, then they should quickly be rectified, and a cause analysis will be performed to avoid reoccurrence.
The Importance of Training Gems to You
Following good manufacturing practices does not have to be so overwhelming. Training Gems can help food manufacturing businesses like yours by teaching you and your employees the skill sets required for continuing exceptional service and improving operations.
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