07 Jun 23

World Food Safety Day: Some heroes wear capes, others are just made of paper

Food safety plays a critical role in assuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain. From production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution - all the way to preparation and consumption.

With an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses annually, unsafe food remains a threat to human health and economies

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Today, we celebrate World Food Safety Day. Every 7th of June, the aim is to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. This year, World Food Safety Day is drawing attention to food standards. 

Each year, foodborne diseases affect 1 in 10 people worldwide. Food standards help us to ensure what we eat is safe

At Vandemoortele, we want to be leaders in food safety.

We take all necessary measures to prevent contamination with foreign bodies, allergens, chemicals or microbiological elements. Our foreign body policy for the BP business line outlines a protocol to prevent foreign objects, such as pieces of plastic, metal or insects, from ending up in our food products. This policy has also been introduced in MCOF sites as well, with strong focus on knowledge sharing.

This document has been designed to improve the foreign body prevention and it consists of a gap analysis of the requirements that have to be met to assure food safety. Based on this policy, our quality managers perform a gap analysis and develop specific action plans for their departments.

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The main topics of this policy are:
• Management commitment;
• Detection methods (metal and X-ray detection);
• Packaging;
• Ingredients;
• Loose equipment;
• Environment;
• Maintenance and intervention;
• Fixed equipment and infrastructure;
• Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP);
• Other procedures (see below).

Thanks to the adoption of this procedure, our target for the reduction of food safety complaints also improved, having reached -57% in 2022.

However this procedure is not the only way we use to ensure food safety. We do this in many different ways.

Discover more in our Annual Integrated Report 2022.

About Vandemoortele

Vandemoortele was founded in 1899 as a Belgian family business, and has continued to grow and develop ever since. Over the last two decades, we became a European food company with leading positions in two product categories: Bakery Products (BP) and Plant-Based Food Solutions. We are known for supplying innovative and high-quality products. 

In 2022, Vandemoortele realised a turnover of around EUR 1.7 billion with 4,600 associates (permanent and temporary). The Vandemoortele Group headquarters are located in Ghent, Belgium. We have commercial offices in 12 European countries, as well as in the United States and Asia. We operate in 29 high-quality production sites all over Europe, in order to ensure proximity to all our key markets. We export from Europe to approximately 70 countries worldwide.

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