Focus on food safety and quality.

Posted on May 4, 2014

Focus on food safety and quality.

Our world is changing.  With valid concern over the entire food chain in our country today, the drive toward food safety and quality assurance is now a demand of the feed industry.

HACCP (Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a set of guidelines and principles that offer a systematic approach to food safety. Early food safety efforts focused on the testing of products at the end of the production cycle. However, food that was unsafe for consumers was occasionally not detected. HACCP guidelines represent an effort to identify points in the production process that are potentially dangerous and to establish recommended procedures for dealing with those points. General HACCP training focuses on basic principles of food safety. Specific industries also offer HACCP training in order to educate workers in one particular area of food safety, such as packaging or distribution.

To face the challenges of food safety, HACCP relies on a system of guidelines and regulations that are constantly undergoing testing and refining by researchers. The main goal of HACCP training is to prevent food safety problems from ever arising. To accomplish this goal, critical control points (CCPs) are identified. A CCP is a point in production at which a potential danger can arise.

There are seven principles of HAACP that workers and management should follow. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines them as follows: analyze hazards, identify CCPs, establish preventative measures, establish procedures, establish corrective actions to be taken, establish verification protocols and maintain effective recordkeeping. By adhering to these general principles, different areas of the food and feed industries can follow similar procedures and benefit from shared experience. For example, the identification of a CCP in the beef packaging process might also be relevant to a process found in poultry packaging.

We take this issue very seriously at Whitestone Feeds.  Our company has had key members of our team HACCP Certified.  These team members are available to work with and assist each of our plants with the key standards and protocols associated with HACCP.

In addition to the HACCP standards, Whitestone Feeds closely adheres to the Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMP) that have been established by the American Feed Industry Association.  We have implemented numerous internal and external Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) to ensure both safety and quality in the products that we produce.  As bio-security is of critical importance to many, if not all, of our commercial operations, Whitestone Feeds has implemented a set of Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures to ensure that our delivery trucks are free of disease before they enter the producer’s farm.

Managing the quality and integrity of the ingredients used at Whitestone Feeds is yet another step in the QA process.  Our company sources quality grain from approved and certified suppliers.  All of those incoming grains are sampled for toxins prior to bringing them into our inventory.  All incoming ingredients are sampled and routinely analyzed  to assure that they are meeting the nutrient specifications that we have established with our various suppliers.

Finally, Whitestone Feeds utilizes a finished feed cleaning system that is extremely unique in the industry.  This system screens all finished feeds and removes any foreign materials before those products leave the plant.

At Whitestone Feeds, we understand the critical importance of providing safe products of the highest quality standard and we work tirelessly to assure that our customers expectations in this area are exceeded.

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