Food Safety and Defense
Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. is committed to providing safe and wholesome products that meet or exceed customers’ expectations while continually improving the effectiveness of our food safety and quality management system to ensure product safety and customer satisfaction.
“Food defense” is an effort to protect the food supply against intentional contamination due to sabotage, terrorism, counterfeiting, or other illegal, intentionally harmful means. A food defense plan is a written document that records the practices implemented to control/minimize the risk of an intentional contamination incident. Reinhart’s Food Defense Plan guides our employees situations where food security may be compromised. Our facilities take the necessary precautions to control and minimize risk of intentional contamination based on the industry (FDA and USDA-FSIS) guidelines through the following measures:
- Employee and visitor identification;
- Background checks (where applicable);
- Control of access to plant facility;
- Internal security;
- Training and security awareness;
- Product integrity;
- Transportation security; and
- Internal FSQA (Food Safety and Quality Assurance) team HACCP audits.
Should an extraordinary event impede, suspend or halt normal distribution operations or processes critical to the safe storage, handling, transportation, or delivery of food products and packaging materials to or from one of our distribution centers, Reinhart has a disaster recovery plan in place. Interdivisional support between warehouses can be implemented if deemed necessary to continue shipment of product to customers. Disaster and pandemic plans are under continual review.
FSMA - Food Safety Modernization Act
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) focuses primarily on the following to minimize or prevent food safety hazards:
- Produce safety;
- Imported food safety;
- Mandated inspections on a risk-based schedule;
- Third-party laboratory testing,
- Farm-to-table responsibility, and
- Ability to require third-party certification for high-risk operations.
Our FSQA team keeps current with FSMA and its rules by attending training classes and participating in industry organization committees.
GFSI - Global Food Safety Initiative
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an industry-driven initiative that provides guidance on food safety management systems necessary for safety throughout the supply chain. The GFSI benchmarking model enables companies to better protect their brands, improve customer confidence, ensure product integrity, open more markets, reduce duplication and comply with legal requirements. Reinhart has selected the International Featured Standards (IFS) scheme for distribution and is actively pursuing this certification for all of its distribution centers.
HACCP – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
Reinhart’s Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans meet or exceed all government mandates. Written standard operating procedures clearly define procedures for the procurement, receiving, storage, and transportation at Reinhart’s distribution centers. Reinhart’s HACCP plans require proper temperature control at receiving and during the storage and transportation of products. Temperature monitoring devices are routinely calibrated. Each Reinhart distribution facility is equipped with a 24-hour electronic temperature monitoring system. Inspections at least once a year by our internal Reinhart FSQA team HACCP certified auditors, as well as outside auditing firms and government agencies, ensure our plans are operationally effective. The written plans are available on-premises for review by our customers.
HARPC – Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Prevention Controls
As a part of FSMA, Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Prevention Controls (HARPC) ushers in a new preventative framework designed to identify specific potential threats to the food supply and take appropriate steps to counter them before any harm occurs. Reinhart has a designated Preventative Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) who is responsible for establishing and implementing a food safety system for the facilities and takes steps to verify the proper functioning of the overall written plan, including:
- Validation of the preventive controls;
- Verification that monitoring is being conducted;
- Verification that appropriate corrective actions are taken; and
- Verification that the preventive controls are consistently implemented and are effectively and significantly minimizing or preventing the identified hazards that are reasonably likely to occur.
SDS – Safety Data Sheets
Reinhart provides safety data sheets (SDS) for chemical products as required by the Hazard Communication Standard. Additional copies of SDS are readily available from Reinhart via TRACS® Direct or by contacting Reinhart.
Vendor Hold Harmless Agreements
Prior to approval, we require each vendor to sign a continuing guaranty and product indemnity in which they guaranty to us that all products they ship to Reinhart will comply with all applicable laws and will not be adulterated or misbranded or articles which may not be introduced into interstate commerce under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Recalls and Product Tracing
A product recall is the removal from the market of a product that regulatory authorities consider – or may consider to be in violation of their food laws. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer or vendor of a recalled product to notify us if any recalled product has been shipped to Reinhart. At Reinhart, we take product recalls seriously. Our highly trained Corporate FSQA recall team is entrusted with ensuring that recalls are addressed in a timely manner. Once the manufacturer or vendor verifies that recalled product has been delivered to Reinhart, any impacted product in stock at a Reinhart distribution center will be immediately placed on hold and a product history report will be run to identify any customers who may have purchased the recalled products. Reinhart has the ability to contact up to 200 customers per minute with the assistance of a rapid response calling system.
Our meat plant located in La Crosse, Wisconsin operates under USDA inspection. HACCP plans are written and implemented in the La Crosse meat plant. These plans comply with government regulations and meet or exceed industry standards. The La Crosse meat plant also conducts environmental and product micro-testing on a regular basis.
The Reinhart FSQA Team
Each Specialist on Reinhart’s FSQA team has a scientific background in food safety, food science, dietetics, biology, animal science and/or meat science. All FSQA team members are Certified ServSafe® Instructors and HACCP certified.
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