Earning certifications in the schemes approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) - HACCP, SQF, and BRCGS - can be a demanding process for any food supplier. However, businesses that qualify for GFSI-approved certification have higher-quality food security. This can lead to new business opportunities, reduce the need for more audits, and increase consumer confidence.
To qualify for these certifications, food suppliers should complete a few basic preliminary steps. The first of these is often a gap assessment. This is an evaluation of the food safety management practices, either internally or with a qualified food safety auditing company.
If you're a food supplier looking to increase your food certifications, choose Quantum Food Solutions for your gap assessment. Our food consultancy experts provide top-quality analysis that can reveal the "gaps" in your process. We can also identify the strengths and opportunities in your process, helping your operation become more profitable.
What is Gap Assessment?
A gap assessment is a review of a company's food safety and quality management guidelines and procedures. It establishes an ideal process, then compares the ideal with the current state. The deficiencies found through this analysis - the "gaps" of a gap assessment - shows the food supplier the effectiveness of the current procedures and what actions they need to take to improve them. This identifies and lets you rectify any problem before making the final application for a certification audit.
Companies can perform gap assessments internally, but third-party consulting services have an outsider perspective that is more likely to identify gaps.
Performing A Gap Assessment For Food Suppliers
There is no strict gap assessment procedure that covers every area of the food industry and its intricacies in the same way. In every part of the industry, food suppliers have to understand the individual potential safety risks of the product handling or processing that they control.
For food suppliers, the gap assessment for BRCGS Storage and Distribution is a good framework. It helps you understand what your customers and stakeholders want in terms of product quality and diligence. Once you implement the recommendations, you'll have the records needed to prove that inspections and tests have been completed correctly and professionally.
Quantum Food Solutions' Food Safety Consulting
Quantum Food Solutions' gap assessments expertly identify the areas food suppliers have to focus on, helping facilities across Canada take care of the weaknesses. This helps them achieve the GFSI program certification they need to improve food safety and strengthen consumer confidence.
Our food consultancy experts can make sure that your products and processes meet the requirements for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA). We also make sure that you have the best allergen control practices in place to support label claims!