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CODEX GMP

codex gmp

Codex GMP:

Introduction

Codex GMP is Recommended International code of practice- General principles of food hygiene.

People have the right to expect the food they eat to be safe and suitable for consumption. Food borne illness and food borne injury are at best unpleasant; at worst, they can be fatal.  But there are also other consequences.  Outbreaks of food borne illness can damage trade and tourism, and lead to loss of earnings, unemployment and litigation.  Food spoilage is wasteful, costly and can adversely affect trade and consumer confidence.

International food trade, and foreign travel, are increasing, bringing important social and economic benefits.  But this also makes the spread of illness around the world easier.

Eating habits too, have undergone major change in many countries over the last two decades and new food production, preparation and distribution techniques have developed to reflect this.  Effective hygiene control, therefore, is vital to avoid the adverse human health and economic consequences of food borne illness, food borne injury, and food spoilage.

What is codex GMP:

These General Principles lay a firm foundation for ensuring food hygiene and should be used in conjunction with each specific code of hygienic practice, where appropriate, and the guidelines on

microbiological criteria.  The document follows the food chain from primary production through to final consumption, highlighting the key hygiene controls at each stage.  It recommends a HACCP-based approach wherever possible to enhance food safety as described in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System and Guidelines for its Application (Annex).

Why Codex GMP-

Food spoilage is wasteful, costly and can adversely affect trade and consumer confidence.

International food trade and foreign travel are increasing, bringing important social and economic benefits. But this also makes the spread of illness around the world easier.

Eating habits too, have undergone major change in many countries over the last two decades and new food production, preparation and distribution techniques have developed to reflect this.

Effective hygiene control, therefore, is vital to avoid the adverse human health and economic consequences of food borne illness, food borne injury, and food spoilage.

What are the benefits of Codex GMP-

  • Demonstrating your commitment to food safety
  • Providing confidence to your customers
  • Providing a systematic methodology to effectively identify and manage food safety risks
  • Promoting the review and continual improvement of your food safety management system

Whom Codex GMP is applicable:

Everyone, including farmers and growers, manufacturers and processors, food handlers and consumers, has a responsibility to assure that food is safe and suitable for consumption.

Governments, industry (including individual primary producers, manufacturers, processors, food service operators and retailers) and consumers alike.

Our Consulting approach:

  • Gap Analysis:  Assessment of existing management system practices against the codex gmp standard requirements.
  • Project Plan: Prepare a implementation project plan based on the time lines looking for; 
  • Orientation Training:  Top/Senior Management orientation on selected standard requirements and implementation action plans preparation;
  • Developing different levels of documentation ( Tier 1-3/4): Identification of processes required for the products produced and services provided; External and internal issues affecting the business, interested parties needs and expectations, Framing draft quality policy, organizational objectives, role, responsibility and authority, various risks affecting and opportunities arises, functional and system procedures, different implementation formats and checklists;       
  • System Implementation: Implementation of the selected management system as per the developed documentation;
  • Company-wide Training: Training on detailed clause wise requirements and relating them to their  departments, 5-S implementation, and Internal audit.
  • Internal Audits: Periodic assessment of system implementation and corrective actions.
  • Pre assessment:  Initial audit by Certifying agency, and, implementation of corrective actions.
  • Final Assessment: Certification audit by the Certifying agency and recommendation for certification
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