Chemical Safety Specialist Katriina Huumonen and Legal intern Ville Rautiainen have started at Linnunmaa in January 2019. Katriina has a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Master’s degrees in Toxicology and Environmental Sciences. Her work includes compiling toxicology risk assessments and assignments related to e.g. REACH and biocides regulations. Katriina has a vast experience in research […]
Food safety refers to manufacturing, treatment and storage practices that ensure the safety and nutrient content of food. In food chain the exposure to safety hazards needs to be prevented. Identifying the hazards and assessing the risks of factors such as toxic compounds, harmful microbes and foreign objects is essential to protect or prevent food from harmful substances or contaminants.
Food safety is regulated by both national and European legislation. Supervision to ensure food safety is carried out according to the EU regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules. The Finnish food industry companies comply with the safety requirements mainly well. According to the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira), improvements are needed in
- in-house control,
- general hygiene,
- temperature control,
- allergen control and
- maintenance of premises and devices.
Food industry can use international food safety standards to control and reduce food safety risks. Linnunmaa has experience in building and implementing ISO 22000 and ISO 22000 FSSC standards. The specialists of Linnunmaa have specialized in quality control in food industry, legislation of by-products of animal origin, contact materials, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), food microbiology and hygiene. In addition, knowledge on authoritative processes, regulatory compliance and solution orientation are essential in our operation.
Strict customer quality requirements within the food industry can be more detailed and challenging than the applicable legislation. For instance, several store chains and large operators require their suppliers to obtain certain certifications. Linnunmaa helps companies to meet their customers’ expectations.