Blue Box - Quality screening kit


What is the role of logistics in food safety and quality?

Logistics staff are responsible for the maintenance of the characteristics of WFP foods (quality, safety and self-life) throughout the supply chain activities of transport and storage. This can be achieved with the adoption of proper practices:

  • Inspect the condition (cleanliness and soundness) of all trucks, boats, containers, warehouses or stores intended for WFP foods, prior to their loading / use.
  • Apply written procedures (SOPs) to ensure proper handling and eliminate losses during loading, re-bagging, fumigation, application of desiccants etc.
  • Follow a commodity reception programme for the inspection (superintendence) of consignments upon arrival with the use of a competent inspection company and the recording of receipts or any quality-related issues
  • Deploy a lot coding system to track every finished good. WFP’s “Lot Code” on the finished good is a day and year code, followed by the supplier code
  • Establish hygiene standards for food storage and handling.
  • Apply rodent and pest control programme (Pest Management) involving both an outside pest control contractor, as well as in-house monitoring.
  • Document and maintain records of all inspections and activities (loading, reception, dispatch, remedial actions: fumigation, re-bagging, cleaning etc.) and ensure traceability of all manipulations.

Click here to find all WFP SOPs.