Audits are a crucial component of maintaining food safety standards and certification, by providing transparency and assurance that standards are being maintained.
Food safety audit process, is generally comprised of five steps:
- Corrective and Preventive Action
- Audit Evaluation
The main goal of our food safety audits, is to identify food safety and sanitation issues and provide methods to improve procedures or employee behaviour to minimise risk and liability.
The client benefits because we work to meet your unique needs, provide applicable solutions and develop a partnership that maintains the highest level of food safety and sanitation. Protecting your customers from food-borne illness protects your operations reputation and business.
Our audits will ensure that our clients are aware of any compliance issues prior to the arrival of an Environmental Health Officer. The auditing process is based on Irish and EU legislative requirements. Our audit helps food service operators transfer knowledge into practical, hands on-solutions to critical food safety issues. As well, it can be seen as the next step after FSEI food safety training, delivering a tangible return on your training investment.
The Audit Service
FSEI conduct food Safety Audits to ensure compliance across all areas of the business, this will include Operational Hygiene, Structural Hygiene and maintenance, Food Storage, Personal Hygiene of Staff and Hygiene System Management and Documentation of all respective areas.
The audit process can be used as a training tool and management and staff are encouraged to accompany the food safety consultant throughout the audit process , this will enable the client to ask questions on the spot in relation to any issues which may arise during the audit.
All audits are completed during our client’s business hours to ensure that we can assess practices within the facility as and when things occur.
It is advisable that audits can be completed unannounced, this way the food safety consultant can see how things operate on a normal daily basis, without the prior knowledge of a visit, as would be the case of an EHO audit.
The Audit Report
Once the Audit is completed, the FSEI Consultant will complete an in-depth audit report. This report will grade each respective area audited and detail where improvements are required. The overall score of the report will determine the level of compliance for that premises and give a clear outline of what is required by the client to improve grading in future.
Benefits to you, the owner:
Knowledge to the client that their premises is or is not compliant with current legislation.
Full knowledge in the event of non-compliance as to how to rectify issues, FSEI will complete a follow-up audit to ensure issues have been resolved.
The results taken from any respective audit can be used in relation to staff and management performance reviews and can be a tool for disciplinary matters or bonus schemes.