While every industry should take the quality of their product or service seriously, it’s not an option in food manufacturing; you either have a quality product or you don’t. A low-quality food product could be detrimental to consumers’ health. That said, quality isn’t found in the ingredients alone; you must inspect your facility’s practices as well. If you’d like to learn how to improve product quality in food manufacturing, we’ve got you covered in our guide below.
Train, Train, Train
Quality food products begin with the people that are preparing them. As the facility owner or manager, you’re responsible for training your employees frequently and holding them accountable. The good news is, if you train frequently, you won’t have to be militant about your facility’s safety and quality guidelines—your people will already know what’s acceptable. Everybody working in food manufacturing knows that quality is imperative, but a lot of them don’t realize the cost of producing low-quality goods. Producing product costs money, and so do recalls since you have to remake products. Make sure your employees know that their work matters and impacts the company positively or negatively.
Follow FDA Requirements Thoroughly
It should come as no surprise that the FDA holds food manufacturing facilities to high standards and you’re expected to meet those standards. Believe it or not, there are some food processing companies that take the FDA’s requirements with a grain of salt. Those are the same facilities that end up getting fined and shut down within years of opening, typically due to quality issues.
Ensure Your Equipment Isn’t Working Against You
While your food processing equipment is likely food safe, are the pipes throughout your facility? Whether you’re replacing pipes on a machine or you’re opening a new factory, you must ensure the pipes are food safe, otherwise, you’ll contaminate the product. The best food-safe material to use is sanitary steel, as it’s durable and fairly priced.
Many food processing companies are good at maintaining quality but there’s always room for improvement. That’s why we put together a brief guide to help you improve product quality in food manufacturing.
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