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Auburndale Campus Receives Excellent Score in Food Safety

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

We’re proud to announce that our dry and cold storage warehouses on our Auburndale campus received an Excellent Score on our most recent GMP audit conducted by the nationwide firm, ASI Food Safety Inc. Founded in 1948, they’re an established name in the industry and one of the nation’s oldest food safety firms. They are accredited by the International HACCP Alliance.

What does HACCP stand for?

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) are part of an overall preventative approach to ensuring food safety. HACCP take into account all potential hazards in the storage environment in order to manage risk and ensure that the finished food product is safe. They are implemented throughout all stages of the food safety chain, from the farm to your plate.

Fun fact: The HACCP was developed in the 1960’s by NASA after Pillsbury was asked to produce the first “in-flight meals” for space travel.

What is a GMP audit?

GMP audits are required by the FDA under 21 CFR, Part 110. GMP, which stands or Good Manufacturing Practices, are the practices necessary to meet the minimum risk requirements to assure that products are of high quality and do not pose any risk to the consumer. GMPs differ from Quality Assurance audits because they monitor every phase and variable of the operation – not just the final product. Instead, they cover all aspects of the storage and distribution process, from employee hygiene practices to proper waste disposal – even incoming vehicle inspections. At the end of our audit, our total score was 960/1000, placing us solidly in the “Excellent” category. To learn more about ASI’s GMP audit, visit their website.

Having a clean bill of food safety is extremely important to us. We pride ourselves on having clean, well-organized facilities to keep your food safe. This is the third year that we’ve received an Excellent score. Go Auburndale team!

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