Various systems are used in the food industry to ensure food safety. One of the most used of these systems is HACCP, implemented in most factories in the dairy industry but also in those that produce baby food. Friesian can offer you the best solutions for safe and quality production.
What is the quality risk management system?
Unfortunately, raw milk is often not seen as a critical control point and checks often only start from the moment the raw material enters the gate of the processing plant. In the case of other purchased ingredients, such as palm oil, sugar, milk powder, etc., the factory generally has a set of specific requirements that suppliers of these raw materials must meet in order to be able to deliver the goods to the processing plants.
After delivery, the factory will perform a series of tests to see if the products meet the required specifications. Also, many of the suppliers have in turn implemented the HACCP system, to ensure the safety of their products.
In the case of raw milk, things are not so simple
Upon receipt of milk at the factory, a limited number of tests are performed and, based on them, the milk is received and processed. Thus, no attention is paid to safety systems on farms or milk transport.
The Dutch company AgriWorks / Friesian has developed a unique quality system of raw milk at farm level that has been successfully implemented by many factories in the dairy industry around the world.
Our quality risk management system (QRMS) offers, after implementation, the extension of the benefits of the HACCP safety system on the entire milk chain, up to the farm level. In fact, this system goes even deeper in identifying possible dangers, where they come from and how they can be solved. Thus, various potential (external) hazards are identified, such as: animal diseases, feed, compound feeds, water, medicines, pesticides or heavy metals, etc.
How does the quality risk management system work?
According to the Codex Alimentarius, the EU and national legislation have identified a list of potential hazards. QRMS achieves the standard, in accordance with HACCP, in terms of:
1. Biological hazards
2. Chemical hazards
3. Physical hazards
4. Environmental hazards (optional)
5. Animal welfare hazards (optional)
Based on these hazards, a database is created with real situations and information that will contain basic information such as:
1. General situation (substance)
2. Situation in Romania (eg region from which milk is collected)
4. Prevention and control measures
5. Actions to be taken
6. Specialized literature
So, after gathering the basic information and assessing the local situation, a risk analysis will be performed according to the hazard assessment matrix. Subsequently, an agreement must be reached on the preventive and control measures to be taken.
The purpose of this system is that the milk, at the time of reception at the factory, is already safe for consumption. This means a better awareness of what milk quality means right at the farm level, and that farmers need to work according to certain operational, verifiable and transparent procedures to ensure product safety.
Recent scandals related to raw milk contaminated with melamine, aflatoxin and infections with E-Coli, listeria and samonela could have been prevented if QRMS had been implemented.
Milk quality and food safety are not only human or animal health issues, they are also an obligation and a social responsibility of corporations, which can affect the image and commercial value of any food company.
Based on the analysis performed by AgriWorks BV / Friesian SRL, we can prepare a strategic and operational plan to combat and prevent the identified problems to ensure safe food.