As the summer holidays draw to a close in a blaze of sunshine the QADEX support team starts to increase with returning holiday makers and new recruits.
This caused me to reflect on the challenges we find during the summer period getting raw material specifications or supplier self audits completed by suppliers. Typically we find that technical teams are stretched, more than usual, due to various team members being on holiday.
On the same vein I then remembered by many years in chilled foods manufacture when the summer months were hell for refrigeration systems which sometimes struggled, thus increasing the risk of issues.
Allied to all of the above businesses often had senior operational management on holiday.
Does all of this mean that summer holidays are a time of increased risk to food safety?