What is the role of inspection in food safety and quality?
Inspection in relation to food management will involve a detailed examination of all or part of the consignment of produced foods, stored commodities, the methods of handling and transport, the storage building, and the standards of storekeeping and pest control.
Examination of the commodities themselves may or may not include the taking and analysis of samples.
The overall objective of inspection is to provide information as a basis for management action and future planning to ensure that deterioration and loss of stored commodities are kept to a minimum. Food safety, as well as economic reasons, provides strong rationale for inspecting foods.
In WFP's food supply chain there are two distinctive Quality Control (QC) points: