With the increasing demand for food, there has also been an increase on the number of companies engaged in production, transformation, storage and distribution of food products. These companies do not only have to generate products with an excellent presentation/ quality, but also pollutant-free products.
According to data from CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 1 out of 6 people in the US gets sick for consuming polluted food each year. Due to this information there is an increase in the concern of consumers, and they are asking themselves questions such as: “What are we eating?”, “Is it safe?”
In order to avoid this type of risk situations with food, companies have been implementing programs of good agricultural and manufacturing practices, whether by their own initiative or by the request of a client, local or export guidelines.
ELEVEN RIVERS/VEGGIES FROM MEXICO has a Distinction label supported by commercial certifications and own internal audits that include the main requirements that consumers, buyers and government bodies seek globally, in order to improve the performance of farming companies in the food safety, process quality, traceability, biosafety and social responsibility areas.
Food biosafety could be defined as the set of handling practices implemented in the company which, when followed correctly, can reduce the introduction of pollutant agents or risk situations for the personnel who carries out social or environmental operations in the company.
In order to achieve this, it is important that companies design a biosafety program which at least includes the following:
It is required that companies supervise the activities performed throughout all stages; from production, harvest, storage, packaging and distribution of food. In the event of nonconformity, immediate, corrective and/or improvement actions must be taken.
Due to the current health contingency, proper implementation of good hygiene practices is a good thing to do to prevent the SARS-Cov-2 infection.