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The 3 C’s of Internal Auditing: Communication, Culture, and Coordination

Posted on Oct 8, 2021 2:34:10 PM

For some companies and departments, the ‘a’ word is dreaded and met with suspicion or even resentment. But audits, especially internal audits, are tools managers can and should use to drive improvement and support positive change. There are many reasons that a company should perform an internal audit. In the food and beverage industry, GFSI standards require internal audits. In other industries, companies may have internal requirements, and internal audits are a great way to perform health checks regarding quality and safety systems. 

The benefits of performing internal audits are numerous, from identifying gaps in lines and processes to highlight training issues to uncovering culture gaps within the system. By identifying these issues, manufacturers are better able to prepare for external audits. However, internal audits are only valuable tools if companies can incorporate the 3 C’s of Internal Auditing: Communication, Culture, and Coordination. Let’s dive into ways to make internal audits more successful.

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Topics: Audit, Culture

Best Audit Practices: The Top 10 Auditing Mistakes Manufacturers Make

Posted on Sep 23, 2021 12:25:56 PM

Manufacturers perform internal audits to identify potential improvement and growth areas and check for company and industry compliance in processes and products. However, many companies conduct internal audits without creating improved systems in cost-effective ways. Despite the universality of internal audits, many manufacturers are still making avoidable mistakes that can be costing them time, money, and morale. Here are the top 10 mistakes that I have identified over my 15 years of experience as both a QA manager and an Auditor. These ten mistakes are:

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Topics: Audit

How to Ensure Food Safety with Remote Audits During COVID-19 and Beyond

Posted on Apr 7, 2021 12:06:17 PM

 

In uncertain times, it’s important for Food & Beverage companies to reassure their customers that food and safety standard are being met consistently. Yet, COVID-19 has introduced unique challenges for undergoing and performing audits, from social distancing to risks associated with travel. Unfortunately, waiting until the threat of the virus is completely gone to have an audit performed could cause your certification to lapse, which could risk the loss of important customers.

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Topics: Safety, Productivity, Audit

Internal Audits - Tips and Advice

Posted on Jan 28, 2020 1:15:40 PM

Internal audits — if conducted the right way — aren’t merely stepping stones to higher-stakes external audits, they’re strategic tools used by the most successful food manufacturers to measure continuous improvement and validate their entire food safety system.

Jeff Strout from Mérieux NutriSciences recently shared his advice in the recorded webinar, “The Magic of Internal Audits: Mistakes, Insights, and Advice from the Experts.” If you asked questions he could not get to during the webinar, here are the answers you’ve all been waiting for! If you want to see what you might be missing in your internal audits, check out our blog post, Best Audit Practices: The Top 10 Auditing Mistakes Manufacturers Make

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Topics: Audit

Customer Success Story: How Chelan Fruit Boosted Food Safety, Compliance & Productivity with a Paperless System

Posted on Oct 24, 2019 3:52:51 PM

For many food and beverage companies, paper documentation, binders, and filing cabinets cause frustration and waste valuable time. Chelan Fruit, the largest fruit packing co-op in the US, felt the challenges of using a paper-based system firsthand and sought a more efficient way of doing things. Here, discover how their company successfully transitioned its entire food safety program to a paperless system using SafetyChain.

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Topics: Audit, Technology

Customer Success Story: How Sokol and Co. Automated Their Audit Process

Posted on Aug 22, 2019 2:46:38 PM

Achieving audit-readiness and regulatory compliance are two of the most complex challenges the food industry faces. For Sokol and Company, a food products supplier with a vast product line, keeping up with new FSMA regulations and preparing for audits was daunting, and introduced a need for a new food safety management solution.

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Topics: Audit, Technology

Introducing SafetyChain LINK Auditor View

Posted on Jul 9, 2019 4:21:11 PM

With SafetyChain LINK Auditor View, now it’s easy for food companies to build better relationships with their auditors, including giving auditors access to critical documentation, remotely.

Emerging Technology that Revolutionizes Food Safety Audits

Face it: food safety audits can be stressful, taking weeks if not months of preparation time.  When the time comes, the more organized, prepared, and transparent a food manufacturer can be, the faster and easier the audit becomes for both the company and the auditor. As a result, both can focus more time and energy on finding productive ways to improve processes rather than plowing through piles of paper. 

Now, SafetyChain LINK Auditor View makes it easy for food companies to share all records and information required within the purview of an audit, without overwhelming their auditors with unnecessary or extraneous information.

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Topics: Safety, Quality, Audit, LINK

TOP Considerations for Food Manufacturing Audit Compliance

Posted on Oct 23, 2018 6:21:00 AM

In the world of food manufacturing, audit compliance is among the most critical elements to a company’s success. Yet, it is also one of the most challenging aspects of food quality and safety management. Here are a few of the ongoing obstacles organizations must overcome.

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Topics: Compliance, GFSI, Audit

Risk Management Tips for Food & Beverage Companies

Posted on Oct 11, 2018 2:23:12 PM

To move beyond basic compliance, food and beverage companies must mitigate risks in three major areas: product recalls, regulatory non-compliance, and pathogen contamination/food-borne illnesses. The most effective strategy for doing so is adopting an enterprise risk management process. This allows companies to take a proactive look at food safety management.

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Topics: Safety, Quality, Audit

FSMA Friday Recap: Hazard Analysis, The Centerpiece to a  Food Safety Plan

Posted on Oct 2, 2018 12:59:14 PM

For our September 2018 session, Christopher Snabes, MS, CFS, Senior Food Safety Director with The Acheson Group, joined SafetyChain for an update on current FSMA activities and to provide an overview of best practices for Hazard Analysis.

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Topics: Compliance, Supply Chain, Audit

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