Food which is not produced safely will cause more harm to the firm efficiency and productivity.
Well, what actually a firm looks while producing the product is none other than the quality. A brand is known for its quality and to maintain that quality the firm needs to make some procedures. The procedures help in achieving the same quality every time the product is made. These procedures not only help the firm in producing a quality product but also ensure employers safety, product safety, constant production and many more. These procedures come under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
So what is GMP in reality?
GMP covers all aspect from starting material, finish product, personal hygiene and even employers training. Detailed procedures are written for all those processes which may affect the quality of the product.
There are 5 main components of GMP which can be called as 5P’s – people, premises, processes, products and procedures. GMP works around these components to ensure the sixth P which is Profit.
How a Company/brand looks at GMP?
To a company/brand, GMP is a process which ensures their productivity as well as quality. What company wants is to minimize their losses and to produce more from the same amount of raw material without affecting the quality of the finished product (because the quality is what a brand is known for). To achieve this the company required to follow the GMP from storing the raw material to producing the finished product, to teaching employees to take care of their hygiene. In short, a company needs to reduce the risk by using GMP.
How GMP is used in a Company?
Let’s start with the beginning of any manufacturing processes i.e. receiving and storing the raw material in a warehouse. During this for example spice industry, keeping different raw material in different locations of the warehouse and creating a map accordingly will result in the more efficient transfer of raw material to production line hence increasing the overall efficiency and effort. After this, in the production process, HACCP is followed which ensures food safety and the quality of the product. Finally, it is necessary to serialize the finished product and add the date of manufacturing. The finished product is racked serial wise to ensure easy shifting of goods for transportation.
Maintaining personal hygiene to ensure minimum contamination during processing is necessary. Also, teaching about different Food safety laws and ensuring their practice in a company is a part of GMP. While constructing a processing plant for any food product, GMP is the special focus. Why? As during product processing, it is necessary to ensure some environmental conditions as well as placement conditions. For example, if a raw or finished product requires a particular dryness in the air then air vents are to be adjusted in such ways that the required dryness is maintained. Similarly, if a machine is too heavy we obviously cannot put them in 2nd or 3rd floor we need to put that on the ground floor and transport the raw material from above-using gravity.
So we practice GMP from the day we decide about construction of a processing plant. So to a company, GMP is the way to ensuring product quality, safety, continuous productivity, personal hygiene and many more.
How a consumer view it?
Well, as a consumer we actually want a brand to continuously produce similar quality goods without any safety or hygiene issues. A brand which produces good quality product one day and a so so quality product the other day will lose its customers. So, what ensures the constant quality and demand is GMP.
GMP is important from a brand point of view as well as a consumer point of view, hence a processing plant should make sure to conduct internal audits to verify these GMPs and provide best quality products to their customers.
If you wish to read about HACCP and Its Implementation, you can check out our article on it.