Food safety at the Foodbank is top in the nation

Kat Pestian Published:

Akron, OH – (March 14, 2013)- The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank passed its first formal American Institute of Baking International (AIB) audit with a superior rating on March 13, 2013. AIB is recognized by food companies worldwide, and mandates high standards of sanitation in food processing and handling establishments.

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank joined the elite ranks, passing the food safety audit with a score in the top 5% of food banks. The Foodbank is one of ten food banks nationwide to receive a score higher than 900 on a 1,000 point scale. The rating was accomplished because the Foodbank goes beyond required food industry practices in the way it safely receives, processes, and distributes food.

This complex audit is completely voluntary to the 203 Feeding America member food banks across the nation. In the history of Feeding America, only 13 of its food banks have passed the rigorous AIB audit.

“This successful audit means we have among the highest standards of food safety certification in the country, and not just in the food bank industry,” Dan Flowers, President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank stated. “This AIB rating is the gold standard of food safety programs. The importance of the Foodbank’s mission compels us to this level of diligence.”

As Feeding America’s 2012 Food Bank of the Year, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank leads the way for other food banks in the network. The Foodbank, like many others in the past few years has experienced exponential growth, increasing from a distribution of 12.9 million pounds of food in 2007 to 20.6 million pounds in 2012. With more than 5,000 volunteers and a network of more than 500 member agencies, the number of people handling food and the volume of food passing through the facility is greater than it has ever been. The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is committed to ensuring that food donations are being handled in the safest manner possible as it continues to help those struggling with hunger in our community.

“Few of the member agencies that rely on the Foodbank for food have the capacity to achieve this high degree of food safety certification,” added Flowers. “However the Foodbank is doing everything in our power to ensure that food is safe on their behalf.”

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The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is a non-profit organization with a mission to Feed People and Fight Hunger. The Foodbank provides food and other essential items to more than 500 hunger-relief programs, such as food pantries and hot meal sites in Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. In 2012, the Foodbank distributed 20.6 million pounds of food, providing 17.2 million meals locally for people in need.

For more information visit: www.akroncantonfoodbank.org.

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