Risk mitigation in the food industry involves multiple departments and teams. Food safety requires assessment and testing to cover chemical, microbiological, and physical disciplines to analyze the safety and quality of food as well as the manufacturing process. At every stage of food supply chain, food safety audits and quality testing are needed to help ensure compliance with national and international regulations, as well as industry and company-specific requirements for overall risk mitigation and brand protection.
Increasingly food manufacturers must be able to provide records that substantiate claims of food safety, quality, supply chain, as well as social, ethical and sustainability aspects, not only for their brands but as part of their overall company culture.
A proven strategy comes down to recognizing and mitigating risk and weaving prevention tactics throughout the organization. To be effective, risk mitigation strategies must be regularly tested, audited, monitored and certified. Including a real life example, the panel will discuss how to embed the various components of a risk mitigation strategy across the company so it becomes part of the organization’s value system.