What is food quality assurance?
According to the International Standards Organization, Quality Assurance is “all those planned and systematic actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that a product or service will satisfy given requirements for quality.”
In other words, quality assurance is a strategic management function that establishes policies, adapts programs to meet established goals, and provides confidence that these measures are being effectively applied.
It therefore deals with processes and methodologies that are put in place or applied to achieve food quality and safety. A key part of this is what is referred to as quality control.
Quality control, is “the operational techniques and activities that are used to fulfill requirements for quality”, i.e. a tactical function that carries out the programs established by the quality assurance.
Management of quality and safety
Quality and safety management systems can be put in place to enhance the possibility of achieving the requirements of a food product regarding quality and safety.
These are basically guidelines that stipulate the important procedures and actions that should be taken to ensure the production of high quality and safe food.
These systems are not mandatory but highly important in enhancing the quality and safety of the food.
Importance of quality and safety management systems