Food certification audit is a common method that a food company use to demonstrate compliance to food safety and food quality plus meeting the requirement of the specific certification requirement.
The certification audit frequency varies. Most require yearly renewal (ie. to be audited yearly). It is to validate that all requirement are correctly practiced and documented.
Recently and still current with the issues of pork DNA identified in a well-known delicious chocolate that Muslim enjoy create the doubt whether or not Halal certification have been correctly issued by the certification body.
Here is how Halal certification for Malaysia works.
Step 1: Online application with the information of products, ingredients, process flow and food production location.
Step 2: Payment
Step 3: Site visit to food production location (Unannounced)
Step 4: Issuance of certification
For those who dealt with this process, we know it takes at least 6 months. So, step 1 provides all the information of all the products and ingredients with their source of origin and the safety and quality level (usually testified from a supplier). Following that, site visit to look at production process, production record and food safety training record.
All these process do not include obtaining of sample for pig DNA testing. So, can a pig DNA sneaked through a vigorous HALAL audit/certification? Yes.
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