Compliance audit fails again. And again…

Potential food safety breaches uncovered at UK’s largest supermarket chicken supplier in ITV News/Guardian investigation

Investigations have alleged a major chicken processor has been guilty of numerous offences including repackaging out-of-date chicken and destroying traceability evidence.

stream_imgThe company replies,

“We also successfully operate in one of the most tightly-controlled and highly regulated food sectors in the world.

“We are subject to multiple and frequent unannounced audits from the FSA, BRC, Red Tractor, independent auditors as well as our customers. By example, our facility in the West Midlands under investigation received nine audits (five unannounced) in the months of July and August alone.”

These weren’t ISO compliance audits monopolized by UKAS.  However, audits by government and independent auditors failed to pick up multiple malpractices that were detected on camera by ITV News/Guardian investigators.

So what does compliance audit, which is the foundation of inspection businesses, really assure?  It’s not keeping business owners honest and it’s not protecting consumers from fraud and hazards.

Will making audit bigger and better through ISO 19011:2011 Guidelines for auditing management systems prevent practices such as those above that we can see on camera?

As usual, the ISO is attempting to catch up with superior management practices and trying to convince its victims of its relevance.

Even rotten meat doesn’t go to waste in some sections of the meat industry; why must the inspection industry create waste everywhere else?


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