Food Safety

How Safe is the Food You Consume?

Food safety is something that we do not pay quite as much attention to as we should. After all, when time is short, as consumers, we are bound to let things slide. Maybe we leave the chicken out of the refrigerator for a little too long.

Maybe we don’t take the time to check a business’s   food safety certificate or quality assurance certification. Is it really such a big deal? After all, what’s the worst that can happen? You feel sick for a day or two, right?

Why Should I Be Concerned About Food Safety?

Wrong. Sure, in some cases you do pick up a bug that leaves you feeling sick for a day or two. Around 17% of the American population annually gets sick due to foodborne illnesses. Unfortunately, a case of gastro is the best outcome you can hope for.

Of the 48 million people who contract a foodborne disease in the States in a year, around 128 000 will need to be hospitalized. Around 3 000 will die. It is a sobering thought, isn’t it? It is enough to make you reconsider your whole outlook on food safety standards and quality assurance testing, isn’t it?

How is Food Safety Controlled?

Food safety is controlled through rigorous testing processes that span from the time the food is processed through to the time it lands up on the shelves. That means that many tests for contamination need to be undertaken when the food is being processed, packed, distributed and stored.

This entails:

  • Having separate manufacturing and packing facilities for foods that might cross-contaminate each other
  • High cleanliness standards to retard the growth of bacteria on equipment
  • Keeping the food at the ideal temperature to retard bacterial growth and prevent it spoiling
  • Storing the food in the ideal conditions to prevent cross contamination and to keep it from spoiling.

Once the food leaves the store, you have to ensure that you exercise good food hygiene and habits to prevent it becoming contaminated. This means:

  • Maintaining the ideal temperature when storing food.
  • Not mixing cooked and raw food, or allowing them to come into close proximity during storage.
  • Ensuring that defrosted food is not refrozen and that food that will be frozen has cooled sufficiently before-hand.
  • Making sure that left-overs are stored correctly and disposed of if they are no longer safe to eat.

 Are All Standards the Same?

As much as we like to think so, not necessarily. While health and safety officials do make attempts to police food safety, there is only so far that they can get. That is why it is up to the individual to take steps to protect themselves.

If you are considering dealing with a new business, check that they have the correct certification. If need be, ask them where you can see their food safety certificate.

You would be amazed, and horrified, if you saw what went on in some restaurant kitchens so do not skip this step.

At the end of the day, the safety of yourself and your family should be your greatest concern. Deal with reputable companies that demonstrate that they take food safety seriously.

Food Safety

Dure Foods: Our Commitment to Food Safety

At Dure Foods Ltd., we are fully committed to creating the safest and highest quality products possible. We go above and beyond legal food safety and quality standards to produce food products that customers can trust and enjoy with peace of mind.

We have strict policies that maintain our high standards, and we require all staff to fully support these standards so that no flaw could ever go unnoticed.

For our customers, we vow to constantly strive to increase levels of customer satisfaction by improving every day. We watch every step of the production process carefully, preventing the possibility of any hazards from the first selection of raw ingredients to the distribution of the finished product.

We pride ourselves on creating a safe and accessible environment for our employees to work in, so they can work to their greatest potential. Each staff member is fully trained on our safety policy, and we are consistently working to improve that policy to become clearer and better than before.

Health and Safety Affiliations: Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products

Health CanadaAs a Canadian company primarily selling to the Canadian market, the standards of the food industry here are our greatest priority. The Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate has established the Natural Health Products Regulations in order to provide Canadian consumers with effective, safe and high-quality products.

These regulations include licensing requirements, evidence of safety and efficacy policies, clear and inclusive labeling, and full site licensing. They also outline what good manufacturing practices are, including proper sanitation programs, batch samples, recall reporting, product specifications, equipment and personnel standards, operations, stability and recording. Adhering closely to these regulations has provided an easy guide to safety and quality for Dure Foods.

Health and Safety Affiliations: British Retail Consortium Standard

Another set of safety standards Dure Foods complies with is the British Retail Consortium standard, created by the Global Food Safety Initiative’s Technical Committee. This standard has been accepted by 8 major international retailers including Wal-Mart and Tesco, among others.

Suppliers throughout the world in The Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, both North and South America, Australia and the Pacific islands use this standard as it has become extremely beneficial for all different kinds of players in the industry.

The BRC was created out of identified key components for operating procedures and food safety. Adherence to these guidelines earns a company a BRC certificate. The BRC is flexible enough to be able to constantly change to meet the current food environment and adhere to high customer standards while still providing a simple process for manufacturers to follow.

Health and Safety Affiliations: National Sanitation Foundation International

Dure Foods Ltd. is also affiliated with the National Sanitation Foundation international, a public health and safety organization dedicated to help protect the world’s consumer products and improve overall global human health. NSF is known to help businesses in the food industry navigate the complicated regulatory environment.

They offer a number of helpful services including training, auditing, testing, and certification. They focus on the areas of equipment, label claims, processing, packaging, storage, distribution, and supermarket practices. With the regulatory aid of NSF, Dure has yet another ally to support our dedication to the utmost level of safety and quality for our products.

If you’re interested in knowing more about this safety commitment or in ordering a product, call or contact us today!