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New Zealand sets the bar high when it comes to food safety standards. As we understand the risks of harmful bacteria and viruses, it makes sense that we do everything we can to prevent them from ending up in our food.

Our food safety standards are there to protect our national consumers as well as those in the many countries we export to. In order to enforce the standards, all food processing companies are required to carry out regular food safety audits.

You may look around your premises and think they look clean but the most harmful micro-organisms can only be detected through a microscope. The fact is, if you haven’t had a professional clean and sanitisation, the bacteria and viruses will be there. They’ll also be spreading like wildfire.

If you want to reduce your risk of pest infestations, food contamination and unpleasant odours, a professional food safety audit clean is your best bet.

Let’s take a look at why this is.

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An audit clean is much more than your average clean

Cleaning – how hard can it be? A quick wipe-down of surfaces here and there and you’re good to go. Right?

Wrong.

In fact, you could be doing more harm than good. If your cleaning equipment is not fully sterilised itself, you could be spreading bacteria to all corners of your premises.

It pays to think about all the processing equipment you have; the pipes, the lights, the drains, the grates. What about all those hard-to-reach areas – the confined spaces, the high vents? And let’s not forget the floors, walls and ceilings.

When we say we clean everything, we literally mean everything.

We have vast experience in cleaning all areas of food processing and leave nothing untouched. From production lines to silos, our cleaning services extend far and wide and will ensure your premises meet the standards set out by the Health and Safety Act and Food Hygiene Act.

Your consumers trust your brand, keep it that way

Consumers have every right to trust that the food they eat has been manufactured in a certified food-safe environment.

Your brand relies heavily on the trust of your consumers. If their trust was ever broken, the damage to your brand would be extensive.

Word travels quickly and the media often gets involved in stories of consumers who have become sick from contaminated food. Foodborne illnesses can be very serious and wreak havoc on the health of the consumer. Avoiding this scenario at all costs should be your main focus.

It’s very difficult to come back from a tarnished reputation and few companies come back from a major lapse in food safety. There are some lucky enough to come out the other side but, in order to do so, they will have endured a very long and very costly process.

Audit cleaning is the first step in maintaining the trust of your consumers. A clean, sanitised processing space produces safe products which ultimately results in happy consumers.

When a consumer is happy with your product, they come back for more and your business continues to run smoothly.

What more could you want?

Cutting corners is not an option for food safety standards

Food auditing is required in order to gain certification that your company meets the New Zealand food safety standards. Certification can only be acquired from approved auditors, assuring consumers that the company is transparent and trustworthy when it comes to their commitment to food safety.

Approved auditors know what to look out for in their inspections and, if your premises are not squeaky clean, there’s nowhere to hide.

Regular audit cleaning gives you peace of mind knowing that you meet New Zealand’s food safety standards. Not only does this mean you’re ready for the auditor each time they come, but it also assures you and your consumers that nothing nasty is going to end up in your product.

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New Zealand food safety standards are strict and penalties apply for companies who fail to meet them. There are too many risks involved in cutting corners. Whether you’re discovered by the auditor or, worse, you break your consumer’s trust, a professional audit clean is all it takes to avoid these outcomes in the first place.

Don’t be complacent, get the professionals in on a regular basis to give your premises a full top-to-toe clean.

Get that ever-important peace of mind and call us today.

Robyn Schoch

Robyn is Rapid Facility Services' Financial Director. After 29 years in the building and FMCG industries Robyn has the best of both industries knowledge to fall back on. Robyn looks after the money, the systems and is mum to all at Rapid.
Robyn Schoch