Taking Control of Your Allergens

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Tue, May 26, 2015

Mislabeled allergens…we see them in the media almost every day. From bakery to dairy to meat products, there is a plethora of recalls and withdrawals related to allergen control issues. As you may have noticed, the human population has seen an increase in the number of people who have allergies to various food products (more than 50 million Americans). And the allergen product list continues to grow as well. More people who are allergic to more foods makes for a complex food supply full of pitfalls for the unwary. Food and beverage producers need to be more aware than ever about how they are managing allergen control within their facilities.

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ISO Standards and Context Clauses, the Listeria Invasion and More

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, May 21, 2015

This week’s roundup includes a compilation of articles on context clauses in ISO standards, new guidance from the FDA on biosimilars, Listeria in the food supply and the benefits of using bowtie risk assessment in Safety Management Systems.

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Aviation: Top 3 Processes to Connect in the SMS

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, May 19, 2015

 

I recently read Stephen Covey’s famous 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and one thing the author focuses on is integrating time management, business strategies and your personal mission on a deep level. I realized I’ve always viewed these as separate, even though I consider myself an organized person.

Using my mission to define my priorities, organizing my schedule around those priorities, spending time only on things that contribute to my mission—I’ve been surprised at the difference these steps have made in my life. My hunch is it’s similar for the aviation industry.

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Device Insecurity, an Update on the Global Food Safety Curricula Initiative and More

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, May 14, 2015


In this week’s roundup we compiled articles on why you should adopt an IT mindset in order to ensure cybersecurity in medical devices, an update on the Global Food Safety Curricula Initiative and how it is a component to improving food safety across the globe, as well as some tips from experts at OSHA and NIOSH on how to prevent heat-related illnesses.

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How NASCAR Could Use a Quality Management System

Posted by Mike Guadalupe on Tue, May 12, 2015

 

Every season in NASCAR is another chance for drivers and teams to win a championship. To do this though, one of the biggest things NASCAR teams do is look at the mistakes they made last year and try to come up with ways to improve them.

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Can Quality Guarantee Success, Wearable Technology for Mother’s Day and More

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, May 07, 2015

When it comes to quality, why is it that some companies tend to fare more successfully than others? The answer may be in the approach taken to quality. You can read more about ensuring success in your quality initiatives below. This week’s compilation also includes a look at food safety in Europe, some wearable technology gift ideas for this Mother’s Day and why you may want to consider implementing a quality management system for your kids.

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4 QMS Apps to Take Mobile

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, May 05, 2015

 

We live in an age where we can do almost anything on the fly. Check emails, schedule appointments, order pizza, even check in on how the dog is doing at home (spoiler alert: he’s not doing much of anything).

But when it comes to the workplace, a lot of quality managers are still tied to their desks for most of the day. It wouldn’t be a big deal, if not for all the duplicate work involved with completing a task, and then having to update the QMS afterward. Plus, getting more done on the go frees up valuable time for other important projects that tend to get lost in the shuffle.

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Mitigating Supplier Risk with Quality Solutions, The Consumer’s Role in Food Safety and More

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Suppliers are a critical aspect to most organizations and should not operate in a vacuum—by extending visibility to suppliers while still maintaining control over your processes you can improve your business processes tenfold. Learn how you can mitigate supplier risk using cloud-based quality management portals in this week’s roundup. We also consider the importance of good consumer practices in improving global food safety, why you need rigor in your safety initiatives and three reasons Risk Management shouldn’t stress you out.

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Why Iron Man Needs a Quality Management System

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Apr 30, 2015

With “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” being released this Friday, what better time to contemplate why Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, needs a Quality Management System (QMS) and the disasters it could have helped him to avoid?

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Deciphering HARPC from HACCP—Let’s Talk About the Differences (Podcast)

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Tue, Apr 28, 2015

There has been a lot of discussion lately around the FSMA requirement for risk-based preventive controls, otherwise known as HARPC (pronounced harp-see). At first glance you may say—what? I already have a HACCP plan…why are they re-inventing the wheel and slapping a new acronym on it? But, once you take a deeper dive into understanding HARPC you will discover that they aren’t the same. Yes, HACCP is definitely a part of a risk-based, preventive control program but it is only one component of it. A literature review will provide you with a plethora of resources in which to learn about HARPC including the HARPC definition and requirements, comparisons between HACCP and HARPC, and how to prepare for HARPC implementation. My goal is here is to summarize what I have learned about HARPC (so far) and help you to start speaking the “HARPC lingo.”

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