Quality assurance is thoroughly implemented at the raw material level. We perform strict product checks at procurement facilities and subcontracted factories, based on our comprehensive list of some 50 items.
Using the metaphor of a river, Nikken tracks food traceability throughout the distribution channel, starting with a “fountainhead” safety check at the raw material cultivation stage.
|Confirm cultivation conditions||Visit farm, inspect cultivation conditions|
|Manage pesticides||Collect information concerning pesticide used, check for chemical residue|
|Manage tracking information||Collect cultivation records|
Raw materials processing management
We pursue detailed and proactive process management, inspecting everything from the material supplier facilities to storage conditions.
|Manage raw material processing steps||Collect material specifications, audit manufacturer|
|Foreign material management||Collect material specifications, audit manufacturer|
|Audit materials manufacturer||Conduct annual audit of 40 companies (including materials manufacturers, subcontracted factories, etc.)|
|Educate auditors||Conduct training sessions at least once monthly, establish lateral development of auditing content|
Nikken checks the six items listed below. Our sensory test, an essential aspect of food evaluation, is based on expertise and driven by the five human senses, including the taste buds.
|Chemical inspection||Moisture, salt content, etc.|
|Bacteriological inspection||Total viable count, coliform bacteria, etc.|
|Sensory test||Check for abnormalities within taste, shape or consistency|
|Visual inspection||Check for labeling and packaging defects|
|Analysis confirmation||Confirm analysis results (only conducted for some products)|
|Pesticide residue inspection||Performed by third party|