For many companies, successfully managing complex FSMA requirements is arduous at best. With nearly 70% of companies polled in the 2017 Food Safety & Quality Operations Survey by SafetyChain and the Acheson Group falling under FSMA, it’s clear that this latest FDA reform will continue to impact the majority of food and beverage companies for the foreseeable future. The ability to stay competitive and perform well in audits therefore lies in implementing solutions that can support a robust FSMA food safety plan.
For food and beverage companies, food quality and safety issues pose the greatest threat to brand and financial health. Yet, the task of ensuring the safest, highest quality product to customers is no easy feat – especially when we consider the rising regulatory mandates such as FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), challenges in adhering to non-regulatory standards such as Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes, and supply chain complexities. To compound these issues, there are also significant pressures to operate within Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Add in the heightened consumer awareness of food safety issues, and it’s clear that a fundamental shift needs to take place to enable food safety and quality assurance operations teams to more efficiently – and proactively – fulfil their roles.
Due to the very nature of the food and beverage industry, it’s likely food safety and quality challenges such as risk management, scalability, operational visibility, and compliance will continue to impact companies for the foreseeable future. Since these challenges will be at the forefront of organizations’ priorities, many forward-thinking companies are adopting food safety technology to solve them. Here are some of the ways technology can remove the complexities associated with each challenge:
In the past month, the FDA made some noteworthy announcements, including the retirement of Stephen Ostroff, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. Walmart food safety executive Frank Yiannas will join the FDA to fill a similar role, but his title will be Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response.
Check out our favorite articles on food quality and safety from October!
Each month, we follow the latest trends and news in food safety and quality to bring you insights and updates from thought leaders in the food and beverage industry. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite articles and blog posts from around the web in October 2018.
To protect the food supply, and ultimately the population, food companies must develop a goal-based food defense. A goal-based food defense is effective for two key reasons: it satisfies FSMA requirements, and it keeps people, products, assets, and brands protected against any potential threats.
In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama. It was the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years, with the aim of shifting the focus from responding to food contamination events to actively preventing them.
Optimizing your food safety and quality management (FSQM) system has a number of benefits. While it can help your facility maintain regulatory compliance and meet customer requirements on an ongoing basis, the benefits of enhancing your FSQM system extend far beyond simply performing well in audits. It can help you reduce waste, increase productivity, and ultimately, drive better bottom-line results.
While Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification has far-reaching benefits for food manufacturers and processors, aligning your entire food safety management program with rigorous GFSI compliance standards can be challenging. Whether you’re considering certification for your facility or you’re simply looking to brush up on some best practices, here are the five most noteworthy challenges of GFSI compliance to consider.
For food and beverage companies, managing compliance is an integral component of everyday operations. In addition to complying with regulatory, audit, and customer requirements, organizations must also protect themselves from product recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks. The ability to ensure effective outcomes in these areas relies heavily on a strong food safety and quality management (FSQM) system.