QUANTUM Foodlink Sdn Bhd and Quality Society of Australasia Ltd (QSA International) have entered into an agreement to offer a range of services including auditor and consultant certification in the area of food safety and quality.
Given Malaysia's aim to become a halal food hub, the initial focus would be on the food and agriculture sectors.
At the agreement signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia James Wise said that systems such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) could identify hazards and preventative measures for their control to minimise the risk of producing defective food products.
But it is more than this. It also helps improve a company's bottom line. Australian firms have introduced quality assurance systems and found real benefits. Australian food products are known worldwide for their freshness, quality and disease-free status, he said.
Having systems in place is an important first step in ensuring food safety and quality. These systems need to be independently tested. Only after these systems are stress tested can you be sure of the integrity of such systems, Wise said.
The food safety auditor certification programme managed by QSA International is designed to support the food sector in its initiative for food safety by providing certification for Food Safety Auditors involved in auditing HACCP systems and other recognised food hygiene and safety systems.
Wise said that systematic food safety management schemes could make an important contribution in meeting regulatory standards and promoting trade.
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