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Insight AAK No 3 2016 E-book

7 Quality and food safety – a top priority Quality and food safety is, needless to say, an area of great concern for most consumers. To satisfy customer requirements as well as national and international legislation, AAK’s production plants are certified in accordance with recognized standards and subject to regular third party audits. One market where food safety is of particular importance is the one within infant nutrition whose end consumers are especially vulnerable. Being a global supplier of infant formula lipid solutions, one of AAK’s most important focus areas is to ensure that these solutions, branded as Akonino®, are safe for infants. AAK’s different Akonino® solutions are co-developed together with customers. By utilizing AAK’s Customer Innovation teams, specific needs are mapped out and solutions that meet customer demands, both in terms of specifications and overall quality, are created.   “Working with an essential ingredient intended for the smallest and fastest growing consumer, we need to deliver safe and consistent high-quality products, every time”, says Bodil Granroth, Commercial Product Manager within AAK’s Infant Nutrition business. “All of our products aimed for the infant nutrition market meet stipulated international quality standards.”   The Akonino® product range also includes organic solutions which are increasing in importance as consumers are becoming more and more concerned about sustainability. These solutions, which AAK supplies globally, are organic approved within the EU, China and the United States. Safety from start to finish At the basis of AAK’s quality and food safety work is the company’s extensive and very important food safety program that covers all steps from raw material sourcing to delivering the lipid solutions to the customers.   All raw material suppliers need to be evaluated and approved by AAK. This is done by trained internal auditors who approve suppliers at company level and per each product purchased. The evaluation is based on questionnaires and in some cases also on on-site audits.   “All raw materials are monitored upon arrival to our plants, and then followed through all processing and logistics steps until the final product is delivered to the customer”, says Bodil Granroth. “Our quality system is based on the HACCP risk assessment with an extensive control program in place to enable us to work proactively, and a monitoring program verifying the functionality of the food safety program. For us, it’s really all about safety and quality – from start to finish.”


Insight AAK No 3 2016 E-book
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