Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley today announced it has achieved a food safety certification from the American Institute of Baking, International (AIB). AIB accreditations and audits are internationally recognized as the most stringent in the food industry. To meet the highest standards for the safe handling and distribution of food, Feeding America has partnered with AIB to implement a member-wide, improved food safety auditing program. Second Harvest is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks.
“As a storehouse for edible food, Second Harvest recognizes our responsibility to the families we serve, the community and our food donors to ensure that the food we store and distribute to our member agencies is safe,” said Mike Iberis, executive director. “That responsibility is reflected in our goal to implement all of the standards set forth by AIB for the handling, storage and distribution of dry goods, canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and frozen meats.”
The Food Bank receives food from major retailers and wholesalers, as well as USDA commodities, and because of foodborne illnesses through the food system in recent years, many national vendors that produce food are looking to work with food banks with an AIB certification.
American Institute of Baking, International, provides food safety inspections, audits and certifications, food safety education and research, and technical services.