ECAE provides independent third-party and internationally accredited inspection services on the following areas based on ISO/IEC 17020
Inspecting whether factories/industries are following the required manufacturing system during production process
Inspecting the raw materials and components to be used during the production process
During Production Inspection
Inspecting after the first product leave the production line for any defects or deviation from quality parameters and suggesting practical and effective ways in which these can be improved.
Inspecting the merchandise when it is packed and ready for shipment by pulling out random samples based on international sampling techniques verifying quantity, function, color, size, specifications, labeling details to make sure that requirements are met
Supervision of Loading
After pre-shipment inspection is over inspecting the loading materials appropriateness, environmental conditions, cleanliness and integrity of the containers to ensure the safety deliver of the products
Do you trust the food you eat?
The global food industry has never faced more challenges of substandard of food products and high profile cases crop up regularly to dent consumer confidence. So how trustworthy is your food?
Food safety is something we tend to granted .The content of the packets of foodstuffs on display will match the information on the labels is also another question that we need to answer. In the early 1980s hundreds of people died from contaminated from cooking oil in Spain and more recently in China the industrial chemical melamine was found in powdered baby milk leading to fatalities and thousands of infants falling ill.
Over the past decades food supply chains have grown increasingly complex and many of them today’s food products repeatedly cross national boundaries crating more opportunities for criminals to practice food fraud. According to Financial times before a food ends up in a dinner might take 10,000 miles which means a farm to fork journey involves a lot of hands with a lot of opportunities for adulteration, contamination and substandard because of weak links in the controlling chains. This with the growing global population and as the world becomes more complex and interconnected a clear, urgent and compelling need to standardize regulation on an international level presenting regulators to play a key role which means instead of scrambling in their effort to organize a coordinated approach through testing. The consequence of food fraud are estimated to cost legitimate food retailers up to USD 15 billion a year
The scale of the challenge is huge and also growing pressure to produce affordable food which in turns puts more pressure on government and regulators. To regain consumer confidence and ensure that the food we are buying is healthy and nutritious ISO 22000(food safety management system) certification in the third parties laboratory is fundamental. Public authorities and private sector also need to work more than ever hand in hand. Certification and international standards can help to mitigate risks.
Of course any conversation on food safety and food fraud has to include the consumer as their role is big. For this ISO 22000 food safety management system helps manufactures ensure food safety and uses traceability and responsibility should not be left entirely to state regulatory bodies even if education and knowledge for consumers are key to play their role. ISO 22000 is a world class standard. Furthermore the standard also builds trust by making difference between intentional adulteration and misrepresentation of food ingredients for economic gain where there is an intent to cause public health harm.
(Source፡ ISO focus July - Aug 2016 edition page 12)
IAF - International Accreditation Forum
ILAC - International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
QA - Quality Austria
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