Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) board of directors, management and staff are fully committed to effectively managing food safety and sanitation practices that eliminate adulterated and compromised food resulting in the safe storage and distribution of high-quality food through our network of partners.
To fulfill this commitment, we will:
- Implement best in class food safety practices utilizing regulatory agencies, Feeding America, food industry partners and third-party auditors as resources.
- Control the supply chain to prevent, eliminate, or reduce potential hazards to food in our possession, including the use of HACCP when necessary. Food products will be constantly assessed in all work and storage areas and product that is deemed unsafe for human consumption or is suspected to have been abused will not be knowingly distributed.
- Provide adequate training for all staff, temporary workers, volunteers, or others who come in contact with food products in our facility.
- Be accountable by measuring compliance against performance standards on an on-going basis, regularly convening an interdepartmental Food Safety Committee, conducting regular self-inspections and third-party audits.
- Communicate our values for food safety and develop a strong food safety culture within our organization, as well as with our Partner Agencies and food industry partners via email, newsletters, website, bulletin board and meetings.
- Ensure continual improvement in food safety performance by considering food safety implications in decision-making, researching and applying industry best practices, and pursuing peer mentoring opportunities within the industry.