Food, Glorious Food – or is it?

Posted: March 2, 2013 in Costs, Food Chain, Identification and traceability, ISO 9001, Non-Conforming Product
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Well, I guess many of you quality professionals are looking at the highly publicised failures within this particular business sector with your head in your hands, totally at a loss to explain how such serious issues can ever have been created.

As we know 9001 offers the basic framework by which to control business processes but above that you have far more onerous systems such and medical, aerospace, automotive and, of course, food.  How can such basic requirements as sourcing and identifying beef fail to the point that horse meat is allowed to enter the food chain.  Now OK the testing required may be expensive but there must be a possibility that a sampling process would suffice.  Mind, with all the testing that is now being carried on I wonder what the quality costs are running at now?

The supply should be controlled by the approved supplier list process backed by clearly defined purchase orders and adequate inspection on receipt.  The fact that all this seems so basic might suggest to some that a deliberate policy of ignoring the agreed procedures can be the only explanation.  One can understand some may be nervous of conducting a root cause analysis with that hanging over them as it may clearly be a complex situation. Looking at this article below it also appears that the recriminations are starting to fly. Just click the picture to open the full article.

Food scare

Whether there is another agenda involved here or not, make sure you quality principles remain intact where ever you work.  More advise as to how to achieve that at the ISO 9001 Support Centre.

Comments
  1. Jason says:

    Its shocking how this could ever happen!! Just like MP’s expenses, people abusing a weak system.

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