Food Manufacturing

QIMA/WQS offers a range of certifications and audits to help companies comply with food safety and quality.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defines food manufacturing as industries that transform livestock and agricultural products into products for immediate or final consumption. The BLS definition's key element is transforming these authentic foods into other foods using equipment, recipes, and food production techniques such as baking, fermenting, or chemical processes.

Having a robust food safety plan not only sets up successful day/day operations but also builds your company's trust and transparency among your consumers. 
Inefficiencies in food safety in food manufacturing can have detrimental damage not only financially but ethically too. To name a few: the high cost of a recall, the revamping of current processes/management, the PR crisis, and the most critical impact on human life.

Processing of Animal Products 

QIMA/WQS offers a range of certifications and audits to help companies ensure food safety, quality, and take on social issues, like animal welfare. The animal processing industry has evolved into a large, corporate, automated industry, which utilizes the entire animal in some manner. 

Ambient Products and Shelf-Stable Food Solutions

Ambient stable FOOD products are considered those that do not require a specific temperature or atmospheric conditions if they have the right package. According to the USDA, These non-perishable products include jerky, country hams, canned and bottled foods, rice, pasta, flour, sugar, spices, oils, and foods processed in aseptic or retort packages and other products that do not require refrigeration until after opening. Not all canned goods are shelf-stable. Some canned food, such as some canned ham and seafood, are not safe at room temperature. These will be labeled “Keep Refrigerated.”

Through our solutions, you can meet regulatory and client requisites when it comes to hazard analysis and food safety programs to mitigate any threats. 

Plant-Based

In the last couple of years, there has been an increase in demand for plant-based products due to different factors. New SPINS retail sales data released March 3, 2020, shows that grocery sales of plant-based foods that directly replace animal products have grown 29% in the past two years to $5 billion. Refrigerated plant-based meat saw sales increase 63%, and plant-based meat now accounts for 2% of retail packaged meat sales. According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation 2020 Food and Health Report, there has been a significant change in consumer eating habits:

Key findings included:

  • Approximately 70% of consumers consider protein from plant sources healthiest;
  • 28% of consumers are eating more protein from plant sources, 24% are eating more plant-based dairy, and 17% are eating more plant-based meat alternatives; and
  • More than four in 10 consumers assume that a product described as “plant-based” would be healthier than one that is not.

Food Manufacturing and Food Safety

Having a robust food safety plan not only sets up successful day/day operations but also builds your company's trust and transparency among your consumers. 
Inefficiencies in food safety in food manufacturing can have detrimental damage not only financially but in all aspects of the business. To name a few: the high cost of a recall, the revamping of current processes/management, dealing with the PR crisis, and the most critical, the impact on human life. 

According to Food Safety Magazine, the average cost of a recall to a food company is around 410 million of indirect costs, in addition to the damage done to the brand and lost sales. Unfortunately, this doesn't end there; trust is not only lost but hard to build again. Around 21% of consumers say that they would never purchase from a brand that has had a recall. 

QIMA/WQS Solutions for Food Manufacturing:

Certifications to Internationally Recognized Schemes: 

  • BRCGS Food
  • BRCGS Plant-Based Standard 
  • SQF Quality Program 
  • SQF Food Safety Fundamentals 
  • SQF Manufacturing Code 
  • Primus Standard (GMP)
  • PrimusGFS (GMP)
  • GLOBALG.A.P. (poultry, CFM) 
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) 
  • IFS Food  
  • Global Markets 

Food Certification Schemes

  • UTZ
  • 4C

Animal Welfare Certification 

Raised Cage Free Certification 

Antibiotic Free Certification 

Quality Inspections 

QIMA Audits:  

  • Hygiene Audits (GHP)  
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) 

Why Choose QIMA/WQS for Processing of Animal Products Certification and Audits?

  •  A team with over 30 years of experience in the food industry supply chain, ready to deliver end-to-end solutions to your business.   
  • Specialized in the food industry, with a structure designed to facilitate and expedite the complex certification process and support you every step of the way.  
  • QIMA/WQS counts with local experienced food auditors approved for multiple schemes specializing in all food safety quality areas.
  • More than 9,000 satisfied clients at every stage of the food supply chain.