Technical – Quality Control
The underlying quality control philosophy is product safety through an auditing program. MediKane’s processes fully comply with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) standards and so, are consistent with major food manufacturer’s practices.
We work in conjunction with suppliers, review their certifications and other relevant documentation and for strategic suppliers check their QC and Audit processes.
Health standards applied are the same as used by the major food manufacturers e.g. microbiological loads, including yeast and spores. Active raw materials undergo independent laboratory analysis at NATA accredited laboratories to ensure chemical residue, agricultural pest and heavy metals levels are in line with FSANZ requirements.
At critical stages of production, in-house quality assurance tests are conducted for:
- Product consistency (particle size)
- Organoleptic properties
- Carbohydrate and moisture content
- Microbiological loads
- Absence of allergens
These methods follow Australian laboratory standardised methods in line with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) requirements.
The final quality control stage involves post-production analysis related to product consistency and reference samples being sent to an independent NATA accredited laboratory for analysis to confirm the product:
- Is safe
- Adheres to all food safety regulatory requirements
- Gluten Free claims are tested for each batch
- Micro-loads are within FSANZ
- Hypo-Allergenic claims are tested for each batch
- Allows completion of a NutriKane
- Certificate of Analysis
Each batch comes with a Certificates of Analysis (CoA) and Certificates of Conformation (CoC). MediKane’s other raw materials suppliers provide CoAs or CoCs with their products.
All packaging partners hold accreditations in line with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the NSW Food Authority and Hazards Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) certificates.