This article breaks down some of the most popular manufacturing standards such as GMP, HACCP, ISO22000 & Mesti. Why they’re important, and how to achieve them.
It’s a lot easier to regulate food production when you know what guidelines are in place.
These guidelines provide set standards for manufacturing processes, and they’re invaluable for ensuring the safety of your products to not only be safe to consume but traceable in the event there are problems with the product.
If you follow this guideline, then it’s less likely that you’ll end up with contaminated foods like peanut butter or spinach, where E-coli was found on multiple occasions after contamination happened at various stages of production.
What are the most popular manufacturing standards
Manufacturing standards are guidelines for how to produce food products in a safe manner. There are different grades or levels of standards depending on the country, the size of the company, and the product line. For example, in Canada, GMP is one of the most popular manufacturing standards. GMP is an acronym for “good manufacturing practices” and it’s one of the most basic standards used by food products and or other products destined for consumption. ***
Another example is HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points), which is based on seven points that need to be monitored during food production: preventing contamination; preparing raw materials; handling clean equipment; controlling process temperatures; monitoring potential hazards; checking finished product; and following cleaning procedures. This manufacturing standard sits on top of GMP
Common Manufacturing Standards for Food are
GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)
HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points)
ISO22000 (International Organization for Standardization)
MESTI (Malaysia) Micro-entrepreneurs
Targetted for facilities or microbusiness’s which are not able to meet the standard of GMP
2. Why should I care about these standards
Brand owners need to care about these standards because they help ensure their products are safe for consumption and can be traced if there’s a problem. If you don’t know what manufacturing standards are in place, then it’s more likely that your food will end up tainted. In some countries, it is illegal to sell products not manufactured under a standard manufacturing standard.
3. The benefits of following these standards
Clear benefits are food safety and traceability.
More streamlined registrations for export via free sales certificates or in the case of MAL registered products Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (CPP for Malaysia).
Countries generally recognise each others GMP & HACCP standards.
4. How to follow these standards
Find a manufacturer who has these standards. The certificates that are issued are from government or private recognised bodies.
5. Standards for food manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, and toy manufacturers
Standards go beyond what we consume. Devices and toys have their own set standards to ensure safety of products made.
In November 2016, the European Commission released a set of guidelines specifying how to implement safety standards for all these product types. The EU guideline includes a number of national standards that need to be met before a product can be brought into distribution. For example, Germany has its own DIN EN 1811 standard on the safety of toys. These national standards each have their shortcomings but it is essential that they are all adhered to as specified under the EU guidelines.
It’s important to know what manufacturing standards are in place for your food. Manufacturing standards ensure that products are safe and can be traceable if there is a problem, but they also exist in some countries because it’s illegal to sell non-standard manufactured goods. If you don’t know the standard your company adheres to, then it may not be possible for you to keep up with these requirements or even promote them as an added selling point.
We hope this blog post has helped answer any questions about why manufacturers need to care about what their production process looks like when creating consumable goods – now go check out our latest blog on how marketers should use data insights when running campaigns!
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