1. Incoming Raw Materials Inspection:
Ensuring that raw materials meet quality and safety specifications before entering the production process is vital to prevent contamination or substandard products. Check that suppliers provide necessary documentation and perform visual inspections.
2. Production Line Cleanliness:
Regular cleaning and sanitation of production equipment and workspaces are essential to prevent cross-contamination and maintain product integrity. Audit procedures to confirm adherence to cleaning schedules.
3. Hygiene and Sanitation Practices:
Evaluate employee hygiene practices, such as handwashing and proper use of protective gear, to prevent the introduction of pathogens into the processing environment.
4. Allergen Management:
Verify the effectiveness of procedures to prevent cross-contact between allergens and non-allergenic products, minimizing the risk of allergic reactions.
5. Product Labeling Accuracy:
Review product labels for accuracy in ingredient lists, nutritional information, allergen declarations, and proper storage instructions.
6. Temperature Control and Monitoring:
Ensure that temperature-sensitive products are stored and transported within specified temperature ranges to prevent spoilage and maintain quality.
7. Pest Control Measures:
Examine pest control practices to prevent infestations, which could compromise product safety and integrity.
8. Storage Conditions for Finished Goods:
Check storage conditions to ensure products are stored in appropriate environments to maintain their quality and extend shelf life.
9. Employee Training and Awareness:
Assess the effectiveness of training programs to ensure employees are knowledgeable about food safety protocols and their roles in maintaining product integrity.
10. Documented Standard Operating Procedures:
Verify that standard operating procedures (SOPs) are in place, up to date, and consistently followed to ensure a consistent and safe production process.