Vannes (56). Peer audit provides an answer to agri-food companies

Companies in the agri-food industry, which have been overloaded during the Covid-19 health crisis, and especially during the lockdown, have had to urgently adjust their production. To meet their reorganization needs, Mutual Audit intends to save them time by bundling supplier audits. “In this context of strengthened health restrictions, we provide a concrete answer to the safety and quality measures necessary to maintain the food chain”, emphasizes Fabrice Rivaille, founder of this specialized agency.

Mutual Audit, which started on a good development profile, came to an abrupt halt last March when all economic activities were suspended and the doors of the agri-food industry were closed to external consultants and auditors. “We have scheduled a large number of audits (shared supplier audits, IFS / BRC / FSSC 22000 internal audits, mock audits, etc.) for March, April and May. The companies concerned are well aware of the importance of these audits. They were postponed with several cancellations »explains Fabrice Rivaille, founder of Mutual Audit, based in Vannes.

For its part, the agri-food industry did not stop production during these two months of detention. Exactly opposite. “Manufacturing was disorganized to best respond to the crisis,” notes Fabrice Rivaille. “Supplier evaluations have been neglected, which could lead to further risk of crisis in the short to medium term”adds the expert.

Avoid excessive health risks

Also in these unprecedented times of crisis and the strengthening of health guidelines and protocols, Fabrice Rivaille intends to provide an appropriate response, especially to companies in the agri-food industry. “In the current crisis, the original concept of audit pooling has even more value,” assures. “In fact, the agri-food industry, by combining the audits and diagnostics necessary for society, has decided to continue its mission of continuous improvement in the quality and safety of food and to reduce the number of visitors to its factories, which in fact reduces the possibility of foreign contamination by adopting effective and individualized safety measures “ continues the argument.

In April, Mutual Audit sent a questionnaire conducted by its auditors to all of its client companies, many of which operate in the food industry. “This questionnaire allowed them to self-assess their covid risk prevention and post-covid plans.”, explains Fabrice Rivaille. The responses will be used by Peer Audit to adjust its interventions and monitor its primary goal: saving time for supply companies. “Our role is essential in the policy of continuous improvement. It is important for LPNs not to fall behind in this area.”assures the founder of the Mutual Audit tool.

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