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FOOD QUALITY


During the year, the Department has provided grant of Rs.100.00 lakhs to the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore for the on-going Nodal Codex Food Laboratory at CFTRI.

HAZARD ANALYSIS AND CRITICAL CONTROL POINT (HACCP)


The Food Industry plays an important role in the national economy. In today's global market, quality and food safety have become competitive edge for the enterprises producing

foods and providing services. Therefore, the installation of ISO: 9000 Quality Management Systems and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) based food safety system is extremely desirable in view of the changing scenario in the international trade. The D/o Food Processing Industries is operating a Plan Scheme for Generic Advertisement on Processed Food and Marketing Assistance. Under this Scheme, assistance in the form of grant-in-aid is provided to all agencies to the extent of 50% subject to a limit of Rs.10 lakhs towards the cost of implementing Total Quality Management including obtaining ISO:9000 Certification, HACCP etc.

The D/o Food Processing Industries in association with CIFTI organized series of seminars/workshops on quality and safety in different parts of the country to create awareness among the food industries as well as consumers.

In addition to this, D/o Food Processing Industries in association with ILSI-INDIA organized a South Asian Conference on food safety from 11-13 December 2000 to discuss the issues relating to food safety and food trade in South Asian Countries.

Agri-Tech'2000 held in Chandigarh during 1-5 December, 2000, devoted half a day session on 5.12-2000 towards presentation and discussion on food safety, hygiene and compliance to food standards and food laws which inter-alia include HACCP issues.




MPO

The role and function 
of the MPO

Main objective


The main objective of the MPO to render supportive and related services to the milk producers of South Africa.

Objective


To supply supportive and related services to the milk producers of Southern Africa, including research, training and advice with regard to economical, financial, statistical, secretarial, ­administrative, inspective, accounting, public relations, industrial relations, health and educational services, regulation and legal services in relation to the primary dairy industry.

Functions


Promoting milk producers’ interests is cardinal to the activities of the MPO. The MPO ensures that milk producers’ voices are heard on all levels – from regional to national – and that negative presumptions are addressed and positive results pursued. The organisation aims to improve relations between the primary and secondary industries.

Filial companies


The policy to establish filial companies that are transformed to viable entities ensures that the MPO is able to give R6 back in value to the producer for every R1 paid in membership fees.

MPOSA Holdings


MPOSA Holdings was established in 2001 to serve as a holding company, rendering services through the affiliates to the MPO. Mposa has six filials namely AgriBonus, Agri Connect, Agri Travel and Tours, the Intervet MPO Institute for Dairy Technology, Cendel and Mposa ­Investigation Services.

Liaison


The MPO is involved with Mbisi, the organisation that is responsible for the management of the National Milk Recording Scheme. The MPO also organises and has shareholding in the important bi-annual South African Large Herds Conference, and organising the biggest dairy expo in Africa, the All Africa Dairy Expo. Statistics and industry information are made available to the producers, the industry and the government. This information equips the producer to make informed ­decisions and is also used in high-level negotiations, even at international level.

The MPO is a member of the International Dairy Federation (IDF). The MPO is also a member of the Dairy Standard Agency and thus contributes to the promotion of milk quality.

As the mouthpiece of the producer, the MPO liaises with government departments such as Sars, Itac, the Agricultural Trade Forum, Sacu task teams and the National Agricultural Marketing Council concerning the Codex Alimentarius, traceability, tariffs, HACCP, black economic ­empowerment, school milk schemes as well as animal diseases. The MPO also liaises with s­uppliers and the secondary industry.

3.Explain the ISO 9001: 2008.

ISO 9001: 2008

Primary



ISO 9001: 2008 (updated from the original ISO 9001: 2000) is the best known of the ISO 9000 family of International Standards for quality management. The standard gives the requirements for a quality management system and is one of more than 15,000 voluntary international standards published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).1ISO 9001: 2008 does not give requirements for specific products or services; rather, it provides a set of generic requirements relating to the processes of development and production, and how they will be managed, reviewed and improved in order achieve customer satisfaction.

The requirements call for the processes to be comprehensively documented as procedures to which staff are expected to consistently conform. This is with the aim of meeting the needs and expectations of the customer and helping organisations to comply with applicable regulations. Implementation involves making production procedures explicit (say what you do), documenting them, ensuring they are followed and checking they are effective. A quality management system can be audited by an independent certification body as conforming to the standard (leading to anISO 9001: 2008 certificate), although this is not compulsory unless it is a market or regulatory requirement.

Summary

Assessments for certification are carried out against the ISO 9001: 2008 standard, which is the only certification standard in the ISO 9000 family. To comply with ISO 9001: 2008 an organisation needs to review its processes in accordance with the standard’s requirements in order to meet the needs and expectations of the ‘customer base’. The ISO requirements cover a wide range of topics:





Management commitment to quality.



‘Customer’ focus.



Adequacy of an organisation’s resources.



Employee competence.



Process management (for production, service delivery and relevant administrative and support processes).



Quality planning.



Design, purchasing, monitoring and measurement of its processes and products.



Processes to resolve customer complaints.



Corrective/preventive actions.



A requirement to drive continual improvement of the organisation.



A requirement to monitor ‘customer’ perceptions about the quality of the goods and services it provides.

The organisation compiles a Quality Manual, outlining the implementation of quality management procedures and how the ISO 9001: 2008 requirements are being met.

When the quality system and requirements are in place and established, organisations like the British Standards Institution recommend a pre-assessment by a third party to identify areas where an organisation may not be operating according the standard’s requirements and to help make effective change towards that goal.

Organisations then seek an independent auditing by a certification body to check conformity with the requirements of the standard and to ensure that they are working in practice. However, an organisation can implement ISO 9001: 2008 without having its management system audited and certified. ISO does not itself certify organisations. Most countries have formed accreditation bodies that in turn approve individuals and organisations to audit and certify organisations applying for ISO 9001: 2008 compliance certification.

In the UK, such accreditation is conducted by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), the only UK accreditation body recognised by the Government. Organisations that seek certification to ISO 9001: 2008 are encouraged by the Government to use the services of those individual organisations that UKAS has authorised in order to receive the National Accreditation Mark. An ISO 9001: 2008 certificate is temporary and must be renewed at regular intervals recommended by the certification body – usually between one and three years.

Potential benefits



ISO 9001: 2008 covers an extensive range of requirements and seeks to improve the quality of all of the organisation’s management activities, which has the potential to result in some substantial overall organisational improvement.



ISO 9001: 2008 is one of the most nationally and internationally known quality standards that affirms the independent approval of a management system designed specifically to deliver high levels of customer satisfaction.



It has the potential to improve internal and external accountability and communication of management and production procedures.



ISO 9001 certification can help an organisation qualify for a tender or to achieve preferred supplier status, typically for a Local Authority.

Potential limitations



Pursuing the standard has the potential to be expensive in terms of start-up and running costs and has the potential be time consuming to implement.



There is less flexibility than other tools and it is much more difficult to use in smaller parts of for single issues.



Its origins are in the industrial sector and whilst the latest version, has been made more user friendly for service organisations it may be less suitable for socially enterprising organisations.



As a quality management standard, it was not designed to evaluate an organisation’s broader impacts on society or the environment. ISO14001:2004, however, provides a separate environmental management system standard.

A note on the ISO 14000 Series

ISO has also developed a family of environmental management standards called ISO 14000. ISO 14001:2004 is the certification standard similar to ISO 9001:2000 in concept and structure. They both require organisations that implement them to continually improve their performance. Both standards concern processes and not products directly. Both will share some similar benefits and limitations due to these similarities.

ISO 14001:2004 (the latest version) is primarily concerned with ‘environmental management’ or what the organisation does to minimise harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities. The ISO 14000 family consists of standards relating to Environmental Management Systems (EMS), which are tools to help the organisation develop its environmental policy, objectives and targets, and classify them by when they apply to:



The organisational level (implementing EMS, conducting environmental auditing and related investigations, and evaluating environmental performance).



Products and services (using environmental declarations and claims, conducting life cycle assessment), addressing environmental aspects in product standards, and understanding terms and definitions).

ISO 14001:2004 ensures that organisations are aware of environmental aspects of their work in order to minimise negative impacts and improve environmental performance. ISO suggests that the standard can provide significant tangible benefits, including:



Reduced raw material/resource use.



Reduced energy consumption.



Improved process efficiency.



Reduced waste generation and disposal costs.



Utilisation of recoverable resources.

The standard can be implemented by a wide variety of organisations, whatever their current level of environmental maturity. However, a commitment to compliance with applicable environmental legislation and regulations is required, along with a commitment to continuous improvement.

Who can use ISO 9001: 2008?

The vast majority of ISO standards are highly specific to a particular product, material, or process. However, ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment) are ‘generic management system standards’. ‘Generic’ means that the same standard can be applied to any organisation, large or small, whatever its product or service, in any sector of activity, and whether it is a business enterprise, a public administration, or a government department. ISO 9001 contains a generic set of requirements for implementing a quality management system and ISO 14001 for an environmental management system.

What resources are needed?



Leadership

Senior individuals in an organisation will need to be fully committed.



Proficiencies or skills

Training in understanding the standards may be required. Actions taken to meet implementation to the requirements are left to the organisation itself. The organisation then needs to address the issues needed to comply with the standards.



Staff time

Whilst this may vary depending on the size of the organisation and the change that has to be implemented, estimates from organisations the Charities Evaluation Services and the Scottish Executive indicate that it can take from between 6 and18 months to implement.



Courses, support, and information

The ISO website contains information on all aspects of the ISO 9000 family as well as hardcopies, a Magical Demystifying Tour of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 and the ISO magazine, ISO Management Systems, and other publications.2 ISO publications include the handbook, ISO 9001 for small businesses.

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Development, ownership and support



The ISO is responsible for developing, maintaining and publishing the ISO 9000 family. The ISO is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) network of the national standards institutes of 150 countries with one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that co-ordinates the system. It was created in 1947 and has a strategic partnership with the World Trade Organisation (WTO).3

The ISO does not itself audit or assess the management systems of organisations. The Scottish Executive estimates that a typical organisation of between 60 and 70 people would expect to pay £2,000–£3,000 for the initial assessment and £1,000–£1,600 each year for the audits, in addition to the cost of publications.

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Third sector examples





Co-operatives UK



Age Concern



National Childminding Association



Triodos Bank



Disability Homes Network (DHN)



Typetalk, a joint venture between BT and The Royal National Institute for the Deaf

Examples from other sectors

There are thousands of companies throughout the world that have implemented ISO standards. Articles giving examples can be found on the ISO website.


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