Compliance is a very broad term in the food industry. It can be used as a reference for following laws and regulations established by local, state, or federal regulatory authorities. This is regulatory compliance.
Failure to follow laws and regulations may result in fines, facility closures, and even arrests. If the regulatory failure results in someone getting sick or injured, an operator may end up in court or worse. Take the owner of the Peanut Corporation of America, for example. He was recently sentenced to 28 years in prison for knowingly shipping peanut butter contaminated with salmonella and for faking results of laboratory tests aimed at screening salmonella. This is an extreme example, but you get the point.
What may be even more common in foodservice and restaurant operations is a failure to adhere to established procedures developed by corporate or at the store level. This is a failure to comply with standard operating procedures, and there are good reasons why companies create them. They include ensuring food safety, food quality, and more efficient operations. Efficient usually means that things are done in a way that reduces operating costs, saves money, or even makes money for the store and/or company.
In our experience and observation in terms of frying oil compliance, a “lack of compliance” means not adhering to established protocols for filtering frying oil. The reason that such procedures are set up is to ensure the operation achieves maximum oil life, operates to the highest degree of efficiency, and is, therefore, the most profitable it can be.
The moral is to make sure you comply with all rules and regulations established by your company, as well as local, state, and federal regulators. By following operating procedures, your operation will be safer and more profitable in the long run.
An Easy Way to Stay Compliant
Keeping accurate records is an important tactic for staying within compliance. Download the free Oil Maintenance Log from Filtercorp, and discover an easy way to track your oil maintenance program.