Ensuring Food Safety along your Supply Chain

The supply chain plays a critical role in ensuring the safety of food as it moves from farm to consumer. As the food supply chain becomes increasingly globalized and complex, food safety challenges tend to be more far-reaching than those from decades ago. One overriding food industry concern is how to best manage food safety across the global supply chain while ensuring regulatory compliance.

In order to manage the process of food safety, it is important to analyze the major elements of consideration during the whole food supply chain, which mainly includes:

  • Raw material/ingredient sourcing process
  • Food manufacturing process
  • Finished goods distribution process
  • Finished product point of sales

A variety of materials are needed to produce finished food products, which include ingredients, raw materials and food packaging. Any raw material, ingredient or packaging used in the production process can introduce contaminants. The contamination of materials and ingredients frequently occur during the transportation from the source to the manufacturer as well as from the manufacturer to distributors and retailers.

There are also a wide number of opportunities for a safety breach during the production process. Worker contamination, bacteria and allergens on equipment, improper environmental and facility conditions can lead to food safety being compromised. Under such circumstances, food manufacturers and distributors have to be knowledgeable about suppliers they use and where products originate.

The importance of food inspection during the supply chain

Food inspections can be used to spot inconsistencies in production lots before they leave the factory or supplier, helping to safeguard the quality and safety of food products directly in the sourcing Country and avoid costly rework or recalls. The food inspection process mainly includes factor/supplier audit, product testing, pre-production inspection (PPI), during production inspection (DUPRO), pre-shipment inspection (PSI), loading / unloading supervision (LS / US), etc., which ensures all local and legal regulations are followed during every step of the supply chain.

Good manufacturing process (GMP) audits for food industry

Good food manufacturing practice (GMP) provides brands and traders with data to improve their food safety and quality systems. HQTS has established GMP modules for assessment of food suppliers’ quality control capabilities, which includes:

  • Facilities and equipment
  • Sanitation, housekeeping and hygiene
  • Rodent and pest control management
  • Receiving, storage, shipping, inventory control
  • Process and product evaluation
  • Foreign material control
  • Chemical control
  • Packaging and labeling


HQTS complies with domestic and international laws and regulations and carries out quality services based on the following standards:

Food sampling inspection standards

CAC/GL 50-2004, ISO 8423:1991, GB/T 30642

Food sensory evaluation standards

CODEX, ISO, GB, and other classification standards

Food testing and analysis standards

Domestic and international standards, all kinds of standards about microbiology detection, pesticide residues detection, physicochemical analysis

Factory/Store audit standards

ISO9000, ISO14000, ISO22000, HACCP

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