Differences between official inspections and third party audits of food establishments

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Turku , M , Lepistö , O & Lunden , J 2018 , ' Differences between official inspections and third party audits of food establishments ' , Food Control , vol. 85 , pp. 459-465 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2017.10.031

Title: Differences between official inspections and third party audits of food establishments
Author: Turku, M.; Lepistö, O.; Lunden, J.
Contributor organization: Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Janne Lundén / Principal Investigator
Food Control research group
Date: 2018-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Food Control
ISSN: 0956-7135
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2017.10.031
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/321878
Abstract: Official food control inspections (official inspections) of food establishments and third party audits of food safety management systems (FSMSs) based on international standards both focus on food safety, which has raised discussions on whether FSMSs and their audits could reduce official inspections in food establishments. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the findings of official inspections and third party audits in food establishments are in alignment and to survey the inspectors' and food business operators' (FBOs) perceptions of official inspections and audits. The results can be used in planning the use of audit results as part of official food control. The results show that both inspectors and auditors recognized non-compliances/non-conformities, but significant discrepancies between the findings of official inspections and audits existed, making the utilization of audit results challenging. However, most of the FBOs and inspectors agreed that official inspections and audits overlap, and the majority also agreed that audits of a certified FSMS could under certain circumstances reduce official inspections. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: 416 Food Science
Food safety
Official control
Official inspection
Audit
Food safety management system
BUSINESS OPERATORS
SAFETY REGULATION
STANDARDS
COMPANIES
FINLAND
SYSTEM
Meat inspection
Food safety inspection
Meat inspection skills
Quality
Evaluation
Guidance
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion


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