Regional Food Bank Once Again Receives Top Rating for AIB Audit

Nonprofit Continues to Efficiently and Safely Fight Hunger in Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Jan. 10, 2018 – For the second inspection in a row, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma scored a 910 out of 1,000 possible points on an AIB International Consolidated Standards for Food Distribution Centers’ audit, which is a comprehensive food safety program. According to the nonprofit, most facilities score about 850.

“This means that we are doing an exceptional job at maintaining a clean and safe environment and ensuring that our agencies and clients get high quality food,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “From an efficiency standpoint, it means we are not losing product to contamination.  From an employee standpoint, it means they can be proud to work here because of our high standards.”

The AIB audit is based on five categories:

  • Operational Methods and Personnel Practices:  The receipt, storage, monitoring, handling, and processing of raw materials to manufacture and distribute safe final product.
  • Maintenance for Food Safety:  The design, upkeep, and management of equipment, buildings, and grounds to provide a sanitary, efficient and reliable manufacturing environment.
  • Cleaning Practices:  The cleaning and sanitization of equipment, utensils, and buildings to provide a wholesome and safe processing environment.
  • Integrated Pest Management:  The assessment, monitoring, and management of pest activity to identify, prevent, and eliminate conditions that could promote or sustain a pest population.
  • Adequacy of Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs: The coordination of management support, cross-functional teams, documentation, education, training, and monitoring systems to ensure all departments of the facility work together effectively to deliver a wholesome and safe final product.

AIB International empowers clients worldwide to elevate their food safety and production process capabilities by developing and delivering application-oriented learning, consulting and value-added services.

One in six Oklahomans has inconsistent access to healthy food. Last year, the Regional Food Bank distributed more than 52 million pounds of food, or more than 43.4 million meals, and product through a network of more than 1,300 community-based partner agencies, charitable feeding programs and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Together, we can solve hunger. For more information on the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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