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Root Cause Analysis: How It Informs CAPA

Posted on Dec 7, 2023 12:42:00 PM

When something goes wrong in a manufacturing facility, it’s not only important to address the issue, but prevent it from happening again. Only by understanding the root cause of the issue can you stop it from recurring. In the fast-paced environments of Food & Beverage and CPG plants, timeliness is critical for pinpointing the heart of an issue. For this reason, plant management relies on the tried-and-true methods of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and CAPA to identify and prevent issues. Here’s a closer look at how these approaches benefit operations and how they’re being modernized for greater speed and accuracy.

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Topics: CAPA, Root Cause Analysis

Fundamental Questions & Answers About FSMA 204

Posted on Dec 1, 2023 1:43:59 PM

On November 7, 2022, the FDA published the much-anticipated final version of the Food Traceability Rule, also known as FSMA 204. Proactive manufacturing companies are taking the initiative to get their processes and paperwork in order before audits subject to FSMA 204 begin.

We sat down with Dr. Liliana Casal-Wardle, Executive Senior Director of Food Safety & Supply Chain Risk Management at TAG, where she detailed whatFSMA 204changes had occurred, what's needed for building up your food safety culture and data tracing processes to meet 204 compliance, AND how this helps to drive down costs while driving productivity up.

In this blog, we’ll answer common questions about FSMA 204 and supply chain traceability to help you get your entire global supply chain ready for compliance audits.

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Topics: Compliance, FSMA, Food Safety

5 Ways to Justify a QMS System Investment

Posted on Nov 21, 2023 12:00:00 AM

When evaluating the potential payoff of a QMS investment, companies can assess their potential return on investment using this simple ROI calculation:

(Gain/Savings Achieved from the Investment – Cost of Investment) / (Cost of Investment)

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Topics: Quality

How to Measure Food Safety Culture for the FDA

Posted on Nov 9, 2023 10:00:00 PM

The FDA is digging in more into company food safety plans and hazard analysis practices. In fact, a written hazard analysis is a required part of your food safety plan, which must be prepared or overseen by one or more preventive controls qualified individuals. Continuously improving your food safety plan relies on your ability to accurately measure food safety culture at your plant.

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Topics: Audit, Culture, Food Safety

Best Practices in Preparing for a BRCGS Issue 9 Audit

Posted on Oct 27, 2023 10:00:00 AM

Certification against Issue 9 standards began on Feb 1, 2023. Recently, SafetyChain covered changes in BRCGS Issue 9 from BRCGS Issue 8. If you haven’t yet, read our previous blog to learn what is the BRCGS Food Safety standard, because in this blog, we’re going to hit the ground running and tell you how to prepare for your audit against Issue 9 standards.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety, Audit

BRC Issue 8 to BRC Issue 9: What’s the difference?

Posted on Oct 23, 2023 12:05:14 PM

When BRC Issue 9 was published on August 1, 2022, there was time to procrastinate. After all, certification against Issue 9 standards only just began on Feb 1, 2023. But now that we’re well into 2023, and with a mandatory, unannounced BRC audit conducted every three years, Issue 9 is a high priority for all manufacturers hoping to pass or keep their BRC certification.

In this blog, we’ll cover the major changes between Issues 8 and 9 of the BRC. But first, let’s provide an overview of the BRC audit and what is BRC certification.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety, Audit

How to Improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE): Practical tips

Posted on Oct 20, 2023 10:00:00 AM

What is Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), and what can it do for your operation? Many manufacturers understand OEE as a critical operational measurement, but few know how to properly assess OEE in a manner that stimulates continuous improvement. This blog identifies areas where OEE is often overlooked or mis-leveraged.

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Topics: Productivity, OEE, Operations

Risk Management for Food & Beverage Companies: 4 Things to Know

Posted on Oct 19, 2023 9:53:38 AM

Risk is an inherent aspect of owning and operating a business, but it is especially complex in the food and beverage industry. From disruptions in the supply chain to food contamination, there are many things that can go wrong. Risk management for food is an all-encompassing endeavor. Although it may be challenging, it isn’t impossible to achieve. Here are four key considerations for minimizing risks in your facility.

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Topics: Compliance, Supply Chain, Safety

What’s Missing in Your Food Allergen Control Program?

Posted on Oct 10, 2023 11:50:31 AM

Food allergies are on the rise, with the prevalence of food allergies nearly doubling in recent decades. As a result, the FDA has increased the pressure on food manufacturing and processing companies to control allergens.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety, Audit

Manufacturing Leadership Skills Your Improvement Project Needs

Posted on Sep 27, 2023 10:00:00 AM

Effective leadership in today's manufacturing landscape isn't just a role; it's a powerful skillset that drives measured operational improvement.Understand the essential manufacturing leadership skills your improvement projects demand to quickly take effect in your facility.

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Topics: Productivity, Continuous Improvement, Operations, Plant Management

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