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What is AIB Certification?
AIB stands for American Institutes of Baking. This is a Food Safety Standard is not recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) but is a very popular standard in USA and Canada. The AIB standards were written post second world war era to highlight the importance of keeping food safe at all stages.
AIB audit standard has following Minimum fundamental requirements to be complied with or else the company may be disqualified without an AIB audit. AIB follows a standard objective scoring system to assess a facility on food safety.
AIB has some mandatory requirements to be fulfilled without which the facility may be automatically disqualified from certification. Using AIB checklist is essential for avoiding automatic disqualification
Automatic Assessment of Unsatisfactory conditions:
The following list includes examples of a few commonly found conditions that require an assessment of Unsatisfactory. This list only represents examples of unsatisfactory conditions and is not complete. Similar conditions not speciﬁcally stated will be assessed by the inspector.
- Operational Methods and Personnel Practices
- Open sores or boils on personnel who have direct contact with product, ingredients, or product zones
- Torn liquid receiving strainer
- Ingredients that are internally infested
- Maintenance for Food Safety
- Flaking paint, rust, or other materials in product zone where product contamination is likely
- Maintenance activity or equipment condition resulting in oil, metal, or other foreign material in or over a product zone
- Cleaning Practices a. The presence of extensive amounts of mold either on or near product zones b. Widespread infestation above sensitive or exposed ingredients, above product zones, or in equipment
- Integrated Pest Management
- Houseﬂies or fruit ﬂies in excessive numbers with little control provided
- Any cockroach activity on or in a product zone
- Visual presence of live rodent(s)
- Evidence of rodent excreta or gnaw marks on raw materials or ﬁnished product
- Decomposed rodent
- Birds residing in processing areas or warehouses
- Bird excreta on product zones, raw materials, or ﬁnished product
- Pesticides used inconsistently with label directions
- Adequacy of the Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs
- Non-compliance with written Programs i. Failure to comply with HACCP critical limits or monitoring requirements
- Poorly deﬁned written Prerequisite Programs
- Inadequate or ineffective implementation of a Prerequisite Program resulting in actual or likely product contamination
- Failure to comply with regulatory mandates Scoring System in AIB
Why AIB Food certification and why not other GFSI recognized standard is purely the choice of the Facility. However normally the choice is based on customer preference based on the popularity of the standard in the region where customers are located.
AIB is a popular standard and is to be chosen if the final client is a retailer in USA or Canada
AIB had included risk-based controls, risk assessment and risk mitigation is included. FDA now attaches significant importance to risk based preventive controls thus meeting the requirements of Final rule in Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
AIB mandates that Food Safety Leader be trained to have in-depth knowledge of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Hazard Analysis Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC)
Any Facility engaged in food manufacture, food storage or food transportation or food packaging and forms a part of the food supply chain exporting to European countries should get certified to AIB, one of GFSI recognized food safety standards.
- Check if AIB Certification is relevant to you:
- Are you into food manufacturing business?
- Are you involved in food processing for retail marketing?
- Does your business require any food storage?
- Is your business involved in food transportation?
- Are you into food packaging and supply business?
- Are you doing business in USA and Canada?
- Is your final user a USA or Canadian facility?
Please refer to comparative table in “summary of food safety management” on this web site for a comparative table on which Food safety standard to be selected for your facility
AIB Certification Process:
- Below are the key phases of AIB Certification process
- Automatic Disqualification check
- Provision for Self-audit and Scoring
- On Site audit by AIB certified auditors and scoring
- Issue of Certification if scores meet requirement
- AIB Standards cover following topics:
- Operation methods and Personal practices
- Maintenance for Food Safety
- Cleaning Practices
- Integrated Pest Management
- Adequacy of Prerequisites and Food Safety Program
By leveraging vast experience, it has, QSE organizes the entire AIB certification process into micro activities and help its customers at each step of the entire process
Forming the team and Identification of AIB Practitioner:
AIB certification process starts with the formation of an internal food safety team within the facility and select AIB food safety team leader out of the team. QSE with its vast experience can suggest methods of doing it
Design AIB management system:
QSE will train and design an AIB Food Safety Management System (AIBFSMS) to institute current good manufacturing practices for the facility to meet certification and AIB audits
Preparation of AIB Checklist:
QSE will prepare a AIB-check list to be followed by the facilities to ensure that all knock out conditions described in various clauses of AIB Standard are scored at a minimum level of A or higher
Any score below A will be discovered during internal audits to be done by QSE. QSE ensures that the factors leading to low score are eliminated and AIB compliance is ensured at a level of A
Gap Analysis Using AIB Checklist:
QSE conducts extensive gap analysis. The gap analysis report provides exact scores on what to be addressed to meet compliance of AIB standard
Prepare Comprehensive Documentation:
QSE can prepare comprehensive documentation under AIBFSMS to create evidence on AIB food safety activities
- QSE has special documentation for foreign supplier verification program (FSVP) for imports from Canada, China, Mexico and other countries
- QSE includes exclusive documentation for allergen control
- QSE documentation includes mock scoring system to ensure compliance,
- QSE documentation includes special additional requirements covered on AIB
- QSE has a simplified single level documentation system which is unique, for AIB Food Safety Management Systems (AIBFSMS)
- Documentation developed by QSE will guarantee AIB compliance for any select module applicable for the facility.
- The documentation can be submitted as a self-audit disclosure by the facility to obtain clearance from certifying body before their visit to the facility
Conduct Internal Audits:
QSE will conduct a comprehensive internal audit by certified and competent auditors to verify the accuracy and adequacy of documentation which is a requirement before AIB audit
- AIB audit by accreditation bodies who are signatories to IAF MLA. QSE can coordinate to arrange with certification bodies to help the facilities
Assistance to Close the Gaps:
QSE educates and assists the teams on how nonconformities are to be fixed within a specific period usually one month
Coaching for Final AIB Food Certification Audit:
QSE organizes structured sessions to prepare all the stake folders to face the final audit comfortably
Support During AIB Food Certification Audit:
QSE provides all kinds of supporting during final audit process to ensure the facility meets all audit requirements. QSE experts aid facilities during certification/surveillance audits without interfering with AIB auditors
- AIB audit standard is a comprehensive standard covering all requirements of the scope, coverage areas, legality and product safety
- AIB audit standard is not a GFSI compliant standard predominantly used in USA and Canada
- AIB audit standard addresses part of legislative requirements of Food Safety
- AIB audit standard ensures that suppliers follow set of food safety requirements
- Provides modules for voluntary audit scores
- AIB food safety standard provides for voluntary audit scores of select sections, which are scored through both announced and unannounced audits
- Better the score achieved in the audits, lesser is the frequency of Surveillance audits by AIB International
- Unmatchable Experience and Expertise:
- Quality Systems Enhancement Inc. (QSE) is a premier consulting, auditing and training firm engaged in advocating food certifications for over 27 years in USA.
- QSE undertakes all training requirements for AIB certification by an exemplar global certified quality engineer with over 40 years of experience in the field of quality and management systems
- Effective Training and Mentoring:
- QSE engages competent trainers to conduct all training related to AIB
- QSE focusses on terms concepts and principles as a foundation to effectively implement AIB standard with interactive style in training sessions. Our training sessions emphasize effective implementation techniques
- Documentation made Simple:
- QSE provides a unique simplified documentation system to meet AIB standard requirements which is easy to follow and easy to maintain over the years for compliance to AIB Food standard and maintain AIB certification
- AIB Checklists that makes difference:
- QSE prepares AIB checklist for AIB food standard requirements to ensure AIB compliance like AIB audit check lists used by AIB certification/inspection auditors for awarding grade during a certification audit
- QSE prepared AIB checklist helps facilities to award self-scoring prior to audit to ensure Knock Out conditions do not exist
- QSE helps facilities to get certified in the shortest possible time invariable within 5 months using efficient methods and processes
- Certification Guaranteed:
- QSE guarantees AIB certification to all facilities willing to follow the proven 10 step disciplined path devised by it
- Post Audit Support:
- QSE offers post audit services to advocate the case of the facility to any extent till certification which is seldom available with others
- Guaranteed certification
- QSE’s 10-step disciplined path guarantees AIB certification in the shortest possible time. Usually within 6 months
Frequently Asked Questions
AIB is chosen mostly because of customer preference
AIB has an objective scoring system which can help objective assessment of all processes
AIB is Food safety standard popular in USA
Certification can be obtained in less than 5-7 months with the cooperation and subject to availability of certifying bodies.
No: BRC, FSSC and SQF are other GFSI approved standards accepted by manufacturing and process industries in Europe. However packaging industries prefer AIB-PAC or IFS- PAC since they mostly cater to retailer requirements.