Audits are typically performed at agreed times, so companies can prepare themselves as well as possible for these checks. During an audit, employees are extra aware of their work: visual hygiene is of paramount importance and activities are carefully executed according to protocol. As a result, the results of these annual audit snapshots actually say very little about the everyday situation.
he food industry is constantly in flux. Buyers get raw materials from all over the world and regularly change suppliers. The strict safety requirements that suppliers have to adhere to promote employment and encourage discussions on topics such as food safety and material hazards.
A single autonomous standard guarantees rest in the food industry. Combined with unannounced audits, this also boosts the confidence of the producers. So is this a feasible scenario? Or is the method we currently use keeping the industry healthy and on its toes?