Document management continues to be a challenge for food and beverage companies, but luckily, it’s one that food software companies can help solve. Through the use of features like supplier portals, mobile forms, and automated cloud-based recordkeeping, food software allows companies to streamline document control for greater efficiency and visibility.
Blog post courtesy of Dan Bernkopf, VP Food Safety & Quality Assurance Applications.
It’s all over today’s news and it’s devastating for the consuming public and leafy green producers alike. What is normally considered an ultra-healthy food—Romaine lettuce—is now the focus of a protracted and major E.coli 0157:H7 food safety event that has resulted in multiple reported deaths and nearly 200 confirmed illnesses and counting.
Safe Quality Food (SQF) programs are GFSI-recognized schemes designed to help companies promote food safety. As the most common GFSI scheme in North America, SQF also features an optional quality element. While managing the robust requirements of SQF presents challenges for food and beverage companies, technology can be leveraged to make compliance simpler and faster in the following ways.
The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a comprehensive overhaul of food safety regulation, with the aim of preventing food safety risks in the U.S. Part of the reform – specifically, the FSMA Foreign Supplier Rule – pertains to the safety of imported food. While compliance dates began in May of 2017, some food and beverage companies are still in the process of determining just how significant an impact FSMA will have on their facilities over a long-term basis. Read on to find out how the rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) affects you.
Becoming certified in a GFSI benchmarked scheme has a number of advantages for food and beverage companies, but it comes with a cost. Achieving certification and maintaining GFSI compliance requires facilities to manage robust program requirements and stay audit-ready on demand. Thus, companies begin to wonder: do the advantages of certification outweigh the challenges of ongoing compliance?
The complexities surrounding supplier management are difficult for food and beverage companies to oversee using traditional manual processes. Relying on binders and spreadsheets to maintain these critical aspects of business invites opportunities for oversights and errors – not to mention the fact that it’s time- and labor-intensive. Deploying supplier quality management software helps companies streamline the processes surrounding vendor management and compliance, helping to ensure quality outcomes are met.
Food and beverage facilities undergo multiple audits each year, with many facing regulatory, GFSI, and customer inspections. Some facilities have full-time employees responsible for managing audits, but many still lack the resources needed to stay prepared for both scheduled and unannounced visits. Safety audit software for food and beverage manufacturers transforms the process by implementing technology to ensure round-the-clock readiness. It can be used for both internal and external facility auditing, promoting program compliance across the entire supply chain. Here, we take a look at how it works.
As the most sweeping reform of food safety law in over seven decades, the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has forced companies under its rule to rethink some of their food safety management practices. Although FSMA went into effect in 2015, some companies still have yet to optimize their enforcement of the act and become fully prepared for inspections. This is precisely where food management software can help.
Most companies implement food and beverage technology for better visibility into their operations and to help manage robust program requirements. While these are certainly some of the most noteworthy benefits that can be realized by adopting food and beverage software, there are also some less obvious advantages companies can experience. Let’s take a look at a few of the less expected – yet still important – ways you can leverage technology in your company.
In industries where paper-intensive processes make it difficult to manage quality and safety outcomes, technology can be transformative for companies. This is especially true for food and beverage, where maintaining ongoing visibility into operations is the only way to ensure food safety goals are being met.