Greggs the high street retail bakers has given its backing to SOFHTe, the web based certification scheme from The Society of Food Hygiene Technology, especially for smaller sized suppliers
Covering the whole range of issues relevant to running a successful food manufacturing process, SOFHTe was developed as an alternative to certification schemes such as BRC which can be both daunting and costly for small businesses.
The SOFHTe standard covers areas such as products, storage and delivery, HACCP and staff training, the working environment, hygiene including hand washing as well as dealing with customer complaints and product recall. The participating company completes detailed questionnaires on its business procedures which are audited by experts at SOFHT. On-site audits are made on a random basis so food businesses need to ensure that their on-line answers are accurate and up to date.
Tony Cragg at Greggs said:
“Having reviewed the SOFHTe Certification scheme and applied its principles within our supplier approval and review process, Greggs is happy to include the requirements of the scheme’s content within its supplier control process.”