You only need to dwell on the surface of food safety management proficiency to pass even those audits with much hype about being sophisticated.
However, if you wish to truly ensure: the safety of your products, the survival of your business and your job security as a food safety & quality assurance manager, you need to rise above the fuss. You also need to go deeper in the matters of assuring food safety than most rushed money-grab training seminars can offer. Surface-dweller consultants abound. They have mastered the acronyms and learned many tricks for passing certification audits. They are able to astound some people but not everyone.
Your operation is unique and has its unique situations. You, the operator, are fully responsible to address all of the unique situations that could lead to product failure and possible harm to the consumers of your products. You must not simply rely on the fact that you are certified against an outside certification scheme.
By all means, obtain your certification but do not sleep certified.
You need to remain committed to identifying and addressing your unique situations. Else, after your certification, you may be unpleasantly surprised by lurking disasters. This has happened even to large operations. All you have to check to confirm such experiences is the list of certified operations against the list of published recalls. Keep in mind that many internally discovered, but nonetheless costly disasters are not published. What is published is never the full story about disasters that have and can occur. Many managers have become affected by the "Certified-Trance" syndrome. You should do everything to avoid it.
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Posted By Felix Amiri