Akron -- The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank passed its first formal American Institute of Baking International (AIB) audit with a superior rating March 13.
AIB is recognized by food companies worldwide, and mandates high standards of sanitation in food processing and handling establishments.
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank joined the elite ranks, passing the food safety audit with a score in the top 5 percent of food banks. The Foodbank is one of 10 food banks nationwide to receive a score higher than 900 on a 1,000 point scale. The rating was accomplished because the Foodbank goes beyond required food industry practices in the way it safely receives, processes, and distributes food.
This complex audit is completely voluntary to the 203 Feeding America member food banks across the nation. In the history of Feeding America, only 13 of its food banks have passed the rigorous AIB audit.
The Foodbank, like many others in the past few years has experienced exponential growth, increasing from a distribution of 12.9 million pounds of food in 2007 to 20.6 million pounds in 2012.