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.
Food safety is the practice of minimizing the risk of food-borne disease outbreak or similar illnesses through specific handling, preparation, and storing activities. It encompasses a broad set of rules and routines that are implemented to reduce health hazards. In the food and beverage industry, food safety activities span far and wide, impacting the supply chain all the way from food’s origin points to where it reaches the final consumer. Practices could encompass food labeling, hygiene, management of import and export inspection, among others.
Quality assurance plays an important role in any industry. It helps companies consistently deliver safe and consistent products to end users, and is therefore essential to business performance. For the food and beverage industry in particular, a commitment to quality is a paramount area of focus, as their end users directly consume the goods and products they produce and package. Of course, there are also various levels of the supply chain in between, and overlooking quality at any one of these steps could compromise an organization's brand reputation and customer relationships.
Blog post courtesy of Eric Hansen, Director of Technical Solutions, SafetyChain Software.
We at SafetyChain are often asked by participants in the food industry how we can help them leverage, make sense of, or progress toward the blockchain. The answer is simple—before any organization can leverage the blockchain, their key records and documents must be digitized.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires food manufacturers and processors to have specific measures in place for protecting against acts of intentional adulteration (IA). FSMA food defense specifically aims to protect against acts that could cause wide-scale harm to the public, which may include acts of terrorism. To ensure your facility’s food defense plan is FSMA-compliant, be sure it encompasses the following five goals.
Our favorite articles and blog posts on food quality and safety from July!
Each month, we follow food industry trends and news and bring you insight from thought leaders in food quality and safety. Check out our favorite blog posts and articles from around the web from last month.
The supply chain poses inherent risks for the food and beverage industry. While supply chain management has always been a complex endeavor, supplier compliance has become an increasing challenge in light of regulatory changes that have taken place within recent years. To ensure safety, quality, and compliance, food and beverage companies are reexamining their supplier management strategies. This is especially true for companies that fall under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
For our July FSMA Fridays session, we took the opportunity to invite food and beverage professionals to submit their most pressing FSMA questions, which are answered below by Dr. David Acheson, Founder & CEO of The Acheson Group.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has impacted food and beverage companies in myriad ways. In particular, one aspect of focus has been the ways in which allergens are controlled. If your facility is evaluating readiness for food allergen FSMA compliance, here are a few factors to consider.
While there are many topics surrounding FSMA compliance, food fraud is one which has received significant attention. While FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule aims to combat the tampering of the food supply to inflict wide-scale public harm, it also has sections of the Preventive Controls Rule for Human Food which apply specifically to food fraud. Let’s take a look at how food companies can develop a robust food defense plan to address all types of food fraud.