Food Safety, Quality, Compliance and Certification
Here at Shank’s, food safety is a top priority. We are proud to have a Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level II certification since 2010, ensuring a rigorous, credible food safety management system. This means our products are produced, processed and handled according to the highest food safety standards.
Thanks to our holistic, team approach to all aspects of our food safety and quality management systems, our clients can be confident that we’re taking all necessary steps to produce the safest, and highest grade product.
Our team stays up to date on all new and advanced safety technics and best practices with ongoing, relevant professional development in industry-related education, including staff attendance at regulatory and food safety conferences and webinars.
Shank’s offers food and beverage producers best-in-class standards in all areas of food safety, quality, compliance, and certification:
Continuous investment in the sophistication of laboratory and testing equipment capabilities
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the micro- detection of any foodborne pathogens
- Digital density meters for quality control and R&D
- Updated high-performance liquid chromatography systems (HPLCs, GC/MS/FID systems)
Increased staffing support commensurate with company growth
- 2nd shift floor/lab hybrid for Quality Assurance
- 3rd shift tech
Greater line check sophistication, including torque cap removal meters
Almost paperless, ERP-driven, real-time records for all Quality and Food Safety checks integrating financials, supply chain, operations, reporting, manufacturing, human resource activities and record-keeping
Ongoing, relevant professional development in industry-related education including staff attendance at regulatory and food safety conferences and webinars
Investment in contracted subject matter expert consultations for both FDA and international regulatory concerns
Contracted, cloud-based document repositories to maintain Supplier Approval Program
Thorough, in-depth investigations to guide customers with their technical questions
Holistic, team approach to all aspects within the quality system
Majority of QA staff degreed with science/food process engineering backgrounds
An increasingly robust Environmental Monitoring program
Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level II certified since 2010, ensuring a rigorous, credible food safety management system
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Quality Assurance (QA) staff credentials and certifications:
PCQI: Training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls to be certified as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual as required by federal regulation
HACCP Alliance: Training in the food safety management system considered the standard throughout the world
LACF: Certifying registration and compliance with the FDA’s Acidified and Low Acid Canned Foods Process Control
Six Sigma Green Belt: Achieving at least three years of full-time, paid work experience in one or more of this level’s areas, analyzing and solving quality problems to eliminate defects
Formal Auditing: Verifying a targeted food safety program with procedures to address, control and mitigate risks connected to general food and packaging safety, related documentation and employee training
Food Fraud: Ensuring that the malicious intentional adulteration of food does not occur by employees and others engaged with the company; this effort is focused on internal food defense of our employees, and also includes the much bigger risk of fraudulent/adulterated foods from our supply chain/suppliers.
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