How Food Safety And Sanitation Is Implemented In Ajinomoto
September 15, 2021
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring product quality has always been a priority for Ajinomoto. People needed the assurance that the food products they consume are clean, and this was a non-negotiable necessity even without the threat of coronavirus. But now that we’re in an ongoing worldwide health crisis, strict adherence to food safety and sanitation regulations is even more critical than before. Not only do you need to ensure the products are safe, but an effective system should be in place to ensure that the people making said products and the premises where it’s prepared are not contaminated by the virus.
So the question now is, “How does Ajinomoto implement these guidelines?” Get the answers below.
Safety protocols in the venue
Ajinomoto requires all employees and guests to follow strict safety and sanitation guidelines in their factories. From the main gate to the lobby to the production area, various protocols such as foot baths, temperature checks, disinfection, PPEs, shoe removal, and guest records are in place to ensure each person is accounted for.
Quality control during production
Much like the process before the pandemic, Ajinomoto practices full quality control during the production stages of each item. There are three zones in the factory: Zone A (where products are produced and packed), Zone B (where products are placed inside cartons), and Zone C (where finished goods in cartons are sent to the warehouse). There are protocols such as weight checks and foreign object inspection throughout this process to make sure the products are safe. After Zone C, the goods are then sent to the warehouse for lab analysis.
Total quality management system
Ajinomoto follows a total quality management system consisting of three factors: hardware, software, and good organizational culture. The hardware aspect includes physical paraphernalia for quality control and monitoring, such as CCTV cameras, disinfection machines, and PPEs, among other items. Software refers to additional requirements, mainly documents and certification, that allow the plant to operate legally. Lastly, good organizational culture pertains to having a healthy working environment with trustworthy and hardworking employees.
Lastly, Ajinomoto believes in following sustainability guidelines. The company complies with the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Ajinomoto employs methods that significantly reduce the number of plastic waste made by the factory. It also has a wastewater treatment facility. Finally, the company promotes and develops “SustainAbilidad”, or the ability to properly care for the environment, among its employees and consumers to jointly resolve issues related to Global Sustainability.
In the current situation, more food corporations must follow a thorough food safety and sanitation process to benefit everyone, from the customers to the employees going through the day-to-day factory operations. With Ajinomoto, you are assured that everything that comes from the plant to the grocery store shelves to your plate has undergone quality and safety control. To know more about Ajinomoto’s process, take a virtual tour of our factory now!