Improving food safety for small restaurants and in-store kitchens
Takano is a Japanese fruit specialty store consisting of three business areas focusing on the manufacturing, preparation, and sales of fruit-based products.
The manufacturing site has been FSSC 22000 certified since 2015, but what about the other 39 small restaurants and in-store kitchens? Please read the story of Takano to learn about their journey in achieving the first Conformity Statement for the scope of Catering.
- Why the FSSC Development Program?
Takano consists of three business areas. The factory, nine fruit parlors (restaurants), and 30 shops with an in-store kitchen. The factory of Shinjuku Takano acquired FSSC 22000 certification in 2015, but it has been a challenge for Takano to align its hygiene management with that of the parlors and the shops.
Since 2020 the HACCP system has been enforced in Japan to all food-related businesses, and that was the moment Takano decided to utilize the FSSC Development Program. The main reason for this choice is the flexibility of the Development Program. Takano could select the level they found appropriate for its divisions to improve food safety, align its hygiene management and comply with the HACCP requirements.
- About the Audit Process
The Conformity Assessment Body AUDIS Corporation assessed the food safety management system of Takano against the FSSC Development Program. This enabled the entire Takano group to unify its awareness of food safety and achieve a food safety level that fulfills legal requirements.
During the audit process, the main lesson is that the Development Program provides peace of mind to third parties. The Development Program helps to create transparency about food safety, which is necessary for controlling biological, chemical, and physical hazards. As a future ambition, Takano would like to implement the FSSC Development Program in each fruit parlor and shop. Therefore, Takano will build a mechanism to share audit processes by preparing to train staff by planning the audit process’s introduction step by step (regional, directly managed stores, franchise stores).
Ever since its establishment as a fruit specialty store in 1885, Shinjuku Takano has always searched for the best taste and quality. Takano was the first to pay attention to production areas and producers, established its own factory ahead of others, developed original products that made the most of the appeal of fruits, and opened a fruit parlor as a restaurant business. Along this journey, they have always challenged the possibilities of tasty fruits and high-quality products. As a fruit specialty store, Takano wants to be trusted by its customers and sincerely responds to each customer’s request with high-quality products and services. With this in mind, Shinjuku Takano will continue to strive for the next 100 years.