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Food safety management diagnosis and product quality assessment of small-scale muscovado processing companies

Food Safety Management System (FSMS) of three selected small-scale muscovado were diagnosed using FSMS diagnostic tool and results revealed that company operating in core control and assurance activities based mostly on ad hoc had high context risks and poor food safety performance whereas muscovado company with at least GMP had moderate level FSMS activities with moderate risk in its context factors and eventually resulted to moderate performance. With HACCP, small-scale company was obliged to upgrade its plant including its core control and assurance activities, and had moderate risk in its context factors, thus obtained good food safety performance. The ad hoc system of low performing company positively affects the product quality and if at least GMP is fully implemented in its system and work out gradually towards HACCP implementation, greater chance that product may conform to ICUMSA standards

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