The purpose of self-monitoring is to ensure that processes are functioning correctly and that products are safe for consumers.
Atria's self-monitoring system is based on the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system and supporting systems. Atria's self-monitoring system comprises a self-monitoring plan and process-specific HACCP plans. The self-monitoring plan describes matters that are common to all units. The supporting systems consist of monitoring good production practices and other monitoring required by law. Process- and site-specific procedures are described in separate documents, which are all included in Atria's quality manual.
Any potential hazards in the production process that could pose a risk to consumer health are identified and their severity and probability assessed. The assessment is conducted by the SAQ team nominated for the specific process and advice is provided by official veterinarians. The HACCP plan includes the documented inspection points and critical inspection points where operations are subject to guidelines. Supervisors are responsible for everyday self-monitoring. The effectiveness of the self-monitoring process is monitored using tests to control the microbiological and sensory quality of the products, along with monitoring of the quality of cleaning and internal audits. Process functionality is evaluated by the SAQ groups four times per year based on the aforementioned monitoring results and internal and external feedback. Additionally, the authorities constantly monitor Atria's self-monitoring in the plants themselves.