Sample Essay on FSMA and Your Retail Customers

The presentation “Who’s Minding the Costco Warehouse?” emphasizes on how food safety is enhanced and ensured at the Costco Warehouse. The presentation begins by stating the warehouse’s mission statement that is to promote continuous improvement in product quality, and food safety systems, for the benefit of its members and vendors. For organizations with mission statements, it is also advisable for them to have vision statements. Unfortunately, the presentation does not give the warehouse’s vision statement. According to the presentation, one fact that guides food safety premise at Costco is the belief that prevention is much easier than any other alternatives. Thus, instead of using more funds to solve the impacts of food insecurity, Costco is in the forefront in preventing food insecurity by ensuring food safety, and this begins in its stores.

The presentation articulates that food safety and quality is a global perspective, and this is why everybody across the globe is concerned about the issue of food insecurity and its impacts (Zaring et al. 151). The presentation states that Costco has come up with strategies to ensure food safety and quality. One of the strategies adopted by Costco to ensure food safety and quality is food safety training. The presentation also states that in ensuring food safety and quality, Costco has adopted food safety operations. The presentation adds other strategies adopted by Costco to ensure food safety and quality that include embracing quality assurance, implementing food safety audits, and working with regulators.

Essentially, when the presentation mentions that food safety training is an FSMA requirement, it informs people that without food safety training, there is a likelihood that ensuring food safety is a task that is close to impossible. The presentation opines that food safety training is a requirement for every county across the globe. In fact, every country should put in place programs and set aside funds that will ensure that food safety training is an achievable objective. The presentation is of the opinion that food safety training should be 100 percent in-house (Duan et al. 21). The aim of this is to ensure that the training is effective and efficient. According to the article, the role of Costco in ensuring global food safety is evident. This is attributed to the fact that Costco is used as a training site for health inspector training in 4 countries. Although the names of the countries are not mentioned, the presentation gives an idea that Costco is focused on ensuring food safety. It should be noted that food training provides institutions such as Costco with food safety staff who understand how to ensure food safety and why it is a necessity. According to the presentation, food safety training programs have provided Costco with food safety staff of about 200, 000 employees who understand what and how food safety is ensured. The presentation also mentions that in order to embrace food safety training, there should be to down support in every institution. This implies that employees and other stakeholders will be dedicated to ensuring food safety if there is support from institutional leaders.

Food safety operations are different from one organization to another. The operations must be carried out by individuals who understand what food safety entails. There have been instances where health standards of employees in organizations deteriorate due to the lack of food safety operations. The presentation states that one of the food safety operations embraced at the Costco Warehouse is sanitation. What does sanitation entail? It entails the promotion of health through, and this is achieved by ensuring that human contact with the hazards of wastes is prevented. Sanitation also entails the proper treatment and disposal of water and food, and this helps do away with possible health complications that people would face (Boisrobert et al. 152). Another food safety operation according to the presentation is the formulation of food safety regulations by the federal, state, county, or city authorities. If institutions that provide food products and services abide by the regulations, the probability of people experiencing deterioration in health will be minimal.

The assumption made by the presentation that Costco auditing programs have played a vital role in ensuring food safety should not be ignored. According to the presentation, one of the programs embraced by Costco is coming up with a code of conduct or ensuring social accountability (Yiannas 29). Costco has emphasized this for its domestic and foreign stores. Undoubtedly, if correctly implemented, coming up with a code of conduct with the aim of promoting social accountability will ensure food safety is achieved. The presentation also states that Costco’s auditing programs stress on food security both in domestic and foreign stores. Once food is available, then the need to make it safe can be understood. Costco’s auditing programs also emphasize on factory evaluations. The impact of this is that it enhances good manufacturing practices, and this is a major step in ensuring food safety. Costco’s auditing programs could have also included hygienic practices. With a hygienic environment, food safety cannot be compromised. Hygienic practices that lead to food safety include thorough cleaning of food stores, purchase of hygienic food products, as well as ensuring that the individuals dealing with food are hygienic.

The presentation does not insist on specific regulations that should be followed by organizations. However, it argues that having vendor distribution information is important in enhancing food safety. The presentation also states that organizations should come up with vendor ingredient validation programs, as in the case of Costco. Besides, it states that the scan of all items multiple times, both in and out of the systems of organizations should be adopted. Moreover, in ensuring food safety in organizations, the presentation states that there is a need to work with all regulatory agencies. With this, the presentation seems to imply that all organizations that do not work with regulatory agencies are yet to ensure food safety (Duan 37).

According to the presentation, quality assurance is vital in ensuring food safety, but how do organizations promote quality assurance? Though the presentation does not explain in details, it is vital for organizations to have expectations. This helps prevent situations where individuals’ health standards deteriorate because of lack of food safety. There is also the need for organizations to inspect what they expect. They should also elevate their standards of care, besides coming up with intervention strategies that will ensure food safety is achieved (Duan 37).

In conclusion, the presentation does not explain in details the specific ways of ensuring food safety in organizations. However, it is a timely reminder that ensuring ethical behaviors is vital for the surety food safety in organizations. There is a need to obey laws and regulations and respect one another. Moreover, organizations should take care of their members and reward them in case the objective of ensuring food safety is achieved.

Works Cited

Boisrobert, Christine. Ensuring Global Food Safety: Exploring Global Harmonization. London: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, 2010. Internet resource.

Duan, Jingyun, Yanyun Zhao, and Mark Daeschel. Ensuring food safety in specialty foods production. Corvallis, Or.: Extension Service, Oregon State University, 2011.

Duan, Jingyun. “Food Safety of Specialty Foods and Their Controls.” Specialty Foods: Processing Technology, Quality, and Safety (2012): 37.

Yiannas, Frank. Food Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food Safety Management System. New York: Springer, 2009. Print.

Zaring, David, Adam M. Finkel, and Cary Coglianese. Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. Internet resource.