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07.06.20

Food Safety, Everyone’s Business

Having confidence in the food we eat matters, which is why bringing awareness to food safety is essential. Validated procedures and practices for manufacturing create consistent, predictable outcomes in the finished product. This consistency ensures food security is maintained and a constant source of reliable, safe food is always available.

At Vitalus we are FSSC 22000 certified which means we are globally certified to create a safe product and have a safe quality management system. We follow requirements to control and minimize food safety hazards as well as meet and exceed standards for safe workflows, communication, and processes. We undergo a thorough annual audit by a third party and conduct 40 or more internal audits throughout the year by people in all departments. Quality is everyone’s business, and it is part of our performance indicators to monitor our First Pass Quality (FPQ), which ensures we aim to make products right the first time.

Maintaining a reliable supply chain is also critical to maintaining food safety. We can control risks in our manufacturing facilities, but it is also vital to ensure suppliers follow similar requirements. Our biggest ingredient is local Canadian milk. Canadian milk is collected and transported within 2 days of production at a temperature between 0 and 4°C to reduce bacterial growth. The milk is tested before unloading to ensure it meets food safety standards and does not contain antibiotics. To learn more about Canada’s strict dairy quality standards, visit www.dairyfarmersofcanada.ca

We celebrate food safety every day in making sure our products are produced in a safe, consistent manner. The products we make are sold locally and exported around the world. We ensure that our food safety standards not only meet and exceed Provincial and Federal guidelines, but also the requirements of the importing country and our customers. Heather Sarling, our Quality Manager summed it up well when she said, “We all work together to provide safe food of consistent high quality because everyone deserves the right to safe, nutritious food.”