Ensuring food quality, safety and hygiene
Ensuring food quality, safety and hygiene
Today, with the food industry progressively more subject to inspections and audits, food quality testing is fundamental to producing safe, quality food products.
Food safety and inspection services must comply with national and international hygiene standards & safety regulations to ensure food products are free from contamination and is in the best interest of public health safety.
At TÜV SÜD, we are a fully accredited service provider in the food quality testing and food safety services industry with decades of experience.
Our one-stop solution for testing, auditing, inspection, and certification covers your entire supply chain, from the production of raw materials to manufacturing, processing, packaging, distribution, and point of sale.
We can help you implement food safety and quality strategies to ensure the marketability of your food products.
Why is food quality and safety assurance important?
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and processing sectors must ensure their products meet regulatory requirements and are safe for consumption, while businesses further up the supply chain must also provide evidence that their facilities are safe.
Our food safety services can be tailored for your own set of processes and procedures or to recognised international standards. We also provide training programmes to keep your employees abreast of current and future regulatory developments in product safety.
Here's a quick overview of the various food product groups and segments that we provide food safety and inspection services solutions for:
Factors like temperature, pollutants in the water, use of additives and preservatives can affect the taste and drinking quality of beverages & may lead to the growth of microorganisms such as salmonella and E. coli. Application food safety and inspection services can help beverage manufacturing units comply with regulations and improve the acceptability of their product.
Access to safe and nutritious food is a basic requirement, and food producers make significant investments to reduce the risks associated with consumer exposure to contaminated or unsafe foods.
India exports mangoes to over 50 countries across the globe. Testing, inspection, and certification of mangoes and mango products ensure that each country's regulatory requirements are met, and delivery of quality products is taken care of.
Food products modified through biotechnological methods have been on the market for decades. We utilise state-of-the-art food safety testing methods that provide a more cost-effective approach to identifying authorised and unauthorised GMOs present in your food or feed samples. We also provide you with the independent verification you need to trade in confidence.
India is one of the largest producers of tea in the world. Tea quality testing services ensure that its quality is maintained from its cultivation to its packaging. Testing services include parameters like checking for any contamination or factors affecting the quality of tea due to change in weather conditions.
Quality control in the dairy industry reduces vulnerability to fake dairy products and ensures the ingredients' authenticity and standard. Auditing, testing and inspection of the product at each stage verifies that it satisfies a wide range of national and international food safety and regulatory requirements.
Food inspection services include systematic monitoring of processes, products and systems along the entire value chain and identifying deviation or non-conforming products, if any, at an early stage. Thus, food safety and inspection services ensure a comprehensive outlook towards quality, safety and acceptability.
Importers, retailers and consumers of food products require high confidence in the reliability, quality and production capacity of vendors and suppliers. A supplier audit is a tailor-made programme that assesses a supplier's quality systems. These food safety services can ensure that your vendors and suppliers can undertake your specific requirements.
As a business, you need to be aware of potential environmental and process contaminants such as growth hormones and aflatoxins entering the food chain. Food quality testing tests for the levels of such contaminants in your products to meet the legal and export requirements helps protect your brand and minimises the risk of negative health impacts.
The shelf-life study assesses the food product quality and hygiene by putting it through a thorough chemical, physical, and microbiological analysis giving food manufacturers and producers confidence in their product's shelf life. Conducting food safety and inspection services helps you identify the causes of reduced shelf life and improve your products, processes and ultimately profitability.
Airlines and airline catering companies have high levels of standards to ensure quality, hygiene and security. Airline catering audits consist of food safety audit, process audit, aviation security audit and allergen audit. In addition, food safety services have to comply with national and international requirements to ensure the quality and safety of food provided to passengers onboard.
With the emergence of COVID-19, hand sanitiser gained importance as an effective way of preventing the risk of transmitting infections. Quality control processes are essential to ensure that the hand sanitisers produced are effective and safe.
Consumers require that the food and dietary supplements, health foods, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines meet safety standards. Auditing, testing and inspection of the product at each stage verifies that it satisfies a wide range of national and international food safety and regulatory requirements.
A food label is your way of communicating important product information directly with a customer while ensuring good branding and advertising. It provides the customer with basic product information, nutritional information and safety information. Our food labelling audits to ensure that ingredients, allergen declarations, nutrition facts, country of origin and other mandatory requirements are as per standards.
Although fresh produce is more susceptible to pesticide residue, all food is impacted, and your business must understand whether harmful chemical residues are present in your food. The presence of pesticides leads to a high risk of health impacts on the environment, humans and animals alike.
Food safety services and quality control in the meat products industry reduces vulnerability to meat fraud and ensures the ingredients' authenticity and standard. Auditing, testing and inspection of the product at each stage verifies that it satisfies a wide range of national and international food safety and regulatory requirements.
Food microbiology testing for pathogens and organisms can help ensure the safety and hygiene of your products and mitigate risks that can be detrimental to human health. Our food quality testing experts can advise you on an appropriate product audit based on the knowledge of appropriate methods for your specific needs.
Stringent international and national regulations safeguard the integrity of food contact materials such as food packaging, kitchenware and food appliances. To ensure food safety and those undesirable substances are not transferred to food items, manufacturers must comply with the legal requirements of multiple markets through food safety and inspection services.
Food packaging and food contact materials are subject to regulations in most major markets. These regulations ensure that packaging and materials that come in direct contact with food are not a source of harmful contaminants. They provide adequate protection against microorganisms, pests, and other forms of contamination.
A veterinary drug residue testing ensures food safety by undergoing a thorough chemical analysis and gives food manufacturers and producers confidence in their produce. Veterinary drugs are used to cure, treat, mitigate disease or the well-being and growth of animals. Their retention time in animals and the legally allowed maximum residue levels is very complex but critical for the marketability of a product.
Correct nutritional labelling and an accurate declaration of allergens are vitally important, as it ensures that consumers can make informed buying decisions and avoid the risk of allergic responses. A food allergens test gives food retailers, restaurants, and other operators confidence in the ingredients and reduces the risk of food allergens.
Food safety services like spice testing depend on several factors like changes in the weather or any contamination in production to packing. Spice testing ensures that it is safe from contaminants like pesticides, metals, and other adulterations and meets the national and international standards for export.
e-HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a digital food hygiene management via an app. With food checks being instantly recorded through a smartphone or tablet, e-HACCP ends time-consuming and inflexible paper documentation.
Though FDA has stated that there have been no reported concerns of COVID-19 transmission via food or food packaging, it is a prudent step to assess our existing hygiene practices. Robust food safety and inspection services ensure that food processing facilities maintain high hygiene standards.
Food quality testing services like species analysis testing identifies the meat or seafood species in your food products. By conducting a species analysis on your product, you will protect your business from cross-contamination in the supply chain and build consumer confidence.
TÜV SÜD has developed an e-learning platform called Hygiene Ready for specialists and executives in kitchens, catering, food processing, trade and quality management. The interactive and easy-to-use platform covers the content on food safety, hygiene and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), and information on microbiology, dealing with perishable foodstuffs and infection prevention and control.
A testing label is a QR code (Quick Response Code) attached to food products, nutritional supplements and other consumables. Consumers can scan the testing label using a smartphone to access in-depth information on the product's specific tested ingredients and helps consumers to make more informed choices about their purchases.
Food safety services in seafood quality ensure safety, quality, and logistics throughout the supply chain. It involves auditing, testing, and inspecting the product at each stage to verify that it satisfies food safety and regulatory requirements. Preventing seafood fraud via DNA analysis for species identification is also integral to seafood quality assurance.
A nutritional analysis ensures your food nutrition label is accurate through a wide range of testing solutions. TÜV SÜD provides analytical competence and supports companies in the food and beverage, nutritional supplement, animal feed, and biotechnology industries by performing food product analyses and quality control according to local and overseas food labelling regulations.
When it comes to food and food safety, guaranteeing food quality assurance throughout the food supply chain is the focus of every business involved with food and related items. Employing the latest in food safety management systems is imperative and will impact consumers and organisations alike.
TÜV SÜD’s range of food safety and quality control services are delivered through our state-of-the-art laboratories with professionals having deep domain knowledge and experience. Our labs are equipped with cutting-edge facilities to help you mitigate risks by determining the root cause of the problem and identify areas of improvement in your processes and supply chains.
Our international standards of food safety implementation services are:
From nutritional labelling to food composition analysis, we offer comprehensive food quality testing services that can help your business ensure safe and reliable food products.
With our global network of laboratories, we support you in mitigating the risk of non-compliance in your business and ensure that our stringent food inspection standards will help your products meet local and international guidelines.
Our network of laboratories exploits the latest technology to recognise risk factors, augment quality, and improve efficiency while establishing compliance with statutory requirements. As your testing partner, you can be certain about quick processing times and accurate test results.
Our network of labs is:
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Safety, accessibility, taste and health are fundamental quality factors that affect food choices. But from a scientific perspective, factors affecting food quality include composition, additives, nutrients, spoilage, contamination, general safety, etc.
The best ways to implement a food safety plan would be:
• List food safety challenges at every step of the food processing.
• Identify preventive measures and their control limits through food analysis and quality control.
• Establish stringent food testing procedures.
• Create corrective actions.
• Maintain records.
Food safety can be best assured through regular and continuous audits to identify the potential causes of food safety hazards and assess the complete production process. In addition, companies must ensure food quality testing procedures from the supply chain of raw material to training employees and then applying these procedures and preventive controls to monitor and correct at these critical points.
While there are several different qualitative systems and safety standards for food safety, one internationally recognised method of identifying and managing food safety-related risk is HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points). This food analysis and quality control process is a food safety program that can provide your customers and regulatory agencies the confidence that the food safety program is well managed.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a projected 48 million people get ill from foodborne-related diseases each year. Keeping food at a suitable temperature is one of the most important things to prevent bacteria that cause foodborne illness.
So, foods that are most at risk for harbouring pathogens require correct temperature throughout the food preparation handling process. This is where food analysis and quality control measures come into play.
Food quality testing standards outline the stages necessary to ensure food quality safety in food production environments proactively. Some of the important food safety rules are:
• Analyse hazards
• Identify significant control points
• Establish preventive measures
• Establish measures to scrutinise critical control points
• Institute corrective actions
• Set procedures to verify that the system is working correctly
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