Warehouses / Storage

GAP Assessments

Earning certifications in the schemes approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) - HACCP, SQF, and BRCGS - can be a demanding process for owners of food warehouses. However, any businesses that qualify for GFSI-approved certification have better prospects for growth. The assurances can lead to new clients, increased confidence, and reduced risk for health and safety risks.

To qualify for these certifications, food warehouses should perform a gap assessment as a preliminary analysis. A "gap assessment" is an evaluation of the food safety management practices, either internally or with a qualified food safety auditing company.

If you're a food warehouse looking to increase your certifications, choose Quantum Food Solutions to perform your gap assessment. Our safety consultancy experts provide top-quality analysis that can reveal the "gaps" in your warehouse's process. We can also identify the strengths and opportunities in your handling, helping your operation become more profitable.

What is Gap Assessment?

A gap assessment is a review of a warehouse's safety and quality management guidelines and procedures. It comes up with 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 warehouse 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. 

Warehouses 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 Warehouses

There is no strict gap assessment procedure that covers every area of the food industry in the same way. For food warehouses, it comes down to understanding the potential safety risks of the product handling processes under their control.

Gap assessments for food warehouses identify opportunities for safety and traceability improvements in compliance with HACCP-based system standards. The assessment can also explain what warehouse management system would be most effective for the operation. Once the recommendations are put in place, warehouses can keep 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 warehouses have to focus on, helping facilities across Canada take care of their vulnerabilities. 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).


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Quality Assurance Director, Golden Valley Farms Inc.

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