Audits & Hygiene Testing
Review of Compliance with “Good Manufacturing Practice” (GMP)
Execution of hygiene audits and inspection of internal self-control systems in the different areas of responsibility within the food industry are core tasks of the department for Hygiene & Quality Assurance.
The focus of the auditing process lies on personnel and production hygiene, as well as on the entire surroundings and existing equipment, along with the adherence to government regulations. Dialogue and consultation with the audited business’ staff has top priority. Therefore, all results are summarised and reported with special hygiene software developed by Tentamus for further optimisation of the hygienic status. Audit reports feature a consistent layout including an action plan and pictures that enables you to compare results of the hygiene audit with previous visits. Trend analyses can be compiled out of multiple reports and serve as a reference for the verification of the quality management system.
On January 1st2006, Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs replaced the up to that point valid national foodstuffs hygiene statute (foodstuffs hygiene regulation, LMHV). It is valid for the commercial manufacture, treatment or distribution of foodstuffs.
The basis for the consulting and inspection activities is the compliance with Article 5 Reg. (EC) No. 852/2004. Here the legislator laid down and specified that every food business operator that runs a production, processing or distribution stage of foodstuffs has to establish, execute and maintain one or several permanent procedures that are based on HACCP principles and ensure consumer health protection.
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Precondition for the Chemical and Microbiological Testing of Foodstuffs, Drinking Water, and Tobacco Products.
For the execution of orders our qualified employees of the Hygiene & Quality Assurance department take a multitude of different samples on your site, or alternatively, by sample pick-ups provided by you.
Collection of samples includes upon request the provision of packaging and shipping materials.
Sampling focuses mainly on:
- Food samples for microbiological examination according to the self-checking system and to comply with the demands of Reg. (EC) No. 2073/2005.
- Fruit and vegetable samples for residue testing*
- Drinking water samples for examination according to the drinking water regulation
- Samples for determination of the microbial count of surfaces in order to survey cleaning and disinfection activities
- Samples for the determination of the count of airborne microbes
* This service is not covered by the scope of the accreditation.