The intent of unannounced audits is to determine the actual operational and hygiene controls in place on day-to-day basis, which reflect the behavioural and food safety cultures within the organization. Being audit-ready at all times builds trust and confidence that a facility could be visited at any time.
Unannounced audits are viewed in one of two ways; an opportunity to demonstrate consistently high standards of food safety compliance across fundamental systems and hygiene practices (control of allergens, foreign matter and labelling); or they’re seen as a risk that compliance inconsistencies will be exposed.
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