Printer Friendly

NFPA Coordinates Food Safety Audits on Behalf of Food Processors.

In an effort to increase efficiencies and avoid duplicative testing, the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) has introduced a new program to coordinate food safety audits of suppliers on behalf of food processors.

NFPA formed a 27-company task force earlier this year to establish audit standards, qualifications for independent auditors and processes to coordinate the scheduling of audits and distribution of reports. The group hopes to train auditors next spring in time to launch the pilot program by summer. NFPA will coordinate the scheduling, conduct, review and distribution of food safety and quality system audits of food industry suppliers. The association says the Food Safety and Quality Systems Supplier Audit Program initially will begin with an estimated 100 to 500 audits, but once things get underway, NFPA expects the program to grow to several thousand audits annually over the next five years.

In a briefing with reporters, NFPA's Executive Vice President Kelly Johnston said, the program is not only limited to U.S. markets and could "expand beyond U.S. shores to other parts of world." NFPA has had meetings with FDA and USDA, and other associations to discuss their audit programs. However, Johnston said this program is not a replacement or substitute of the government programs. There is a lot of support from companies that want auditors to follow the NFPA model, said Johnston.

In streamlining the audit process, Johnston estimated the NFPA program could reduce the number of audits conducted of a supplier from 20 a year to only one to four a year. There are no recognized standards for either audits or auditors, said David Gombas, director, NFPA's Center for the Development of Research Policy and New Technologies. This is why NFPA's audit. "is a descriptive audit," Gombas said. "It gives most processors the information they need" on a supplier, which could eliminate the need to do their own audit, he said.

Johnston said many trade associations were responsive to the program and are looking forward to cooperating with NFPA to apply the program in their industries, specifically the frozen food and foodservice industries. Other trade associations already perform audits of their members, including the International Bottled Water Association which contracts with a third-party organization to design and conduct unannounced audits of their members' facilities as a condition of membership.
COPYRIGHT 2000 Informa Economics, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2000 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Comment:NFPA Coordinates Food Safety Audits on Behalf of Food Processors.
Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 2, 2000
Words:383
Previous Article:Consumer Watchdog Group Petitions FDA for 'Added Sugar' Labels.
Next Article:Organic Groups Create Distrust Over Conventional Foods, Says Report.


Related Articles
News Briefs ... : Juice pasteurization urged by industry food group
President's Council on Food Safety Testimony Spurs Debate on Vision.
Food Groups Urge Action at FDA: Agency Fails in its Efforts to Assure Safety of Raw Juices ...
Clinton Administration to Unveil Food Safety Plan on Jan. 19.
USDA's Food Safety Group Proposes New Recall Notices.
Irradiated Red Meats and Hamburger Usher in New Era of Food Safety.
NFPA Urges Senate Committee to Reject Proposed Industry User Fees.
NFPA Supports Increased Food Safety Funding.
Hydraulic presses.
How can I recycle my old propane gas tank that can no longer be refilled?

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters