What Do Food Safety Superstars Have in Common?

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Thu, May 26, 2016

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but what many don’t realize is it’s also a shortcut to success.  Modeling our behavior after those we admire can lead to huge leaps in proficiency, something that’s true whether we’re talking about fitness, career goals or even parenthood. 

This same idea can be applied to food and beverage companies hoping to improve their organization’s safety record. Looking to industry leaders and analyzing their approaches is a great way to understand what it takes to get to the next level in food safety.

So what do food safety superstars do that makes them perform so well? Here’s a list of 5 things they all have in common.

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Tags: Food and Beverage

Brexit and the Food and Drink Industry – What's at Stake?

Posted by Tim Lozier on Wed, May 25, 2016

The British public doesn’t understand the Brexit basics on food and drink, leaving the industry vulnerable

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5 Key Strategies for Better Supplier Integration

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, May 24, 2016

Building a tightly integrated supply chain is a strategic imperative for many pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers today. In some cases, the supply chain itself provides a competitive advantage, especially for market leaders who use hundreds of suppliers to produce 30% or more of their products.

Of course, managing that many suppliers is anything but simple, and getting it right calls for tight supply chain integration and robust Supplier Management programs. Without these elements in place, there’s increased risk for problems like recalls, regulatory fines and penalties, declining brand value and stock losses.

With this in mind, here’s a look at 5 key strategies for creating a more tightly integrated supply chain.

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Tags: Life Sciences, General Quality

ISO 9000 vs. Six Sigma: A Visual Guide (Roundup)

Posted by Emily Ysaguirre on Fri, May 20, 2016

This week will be our final industry roundup on Quality. Check out a detailed infographic on the basic components of quality management, ISO 9000 and Six Sigma from Apex Global, get opinions on the “when” and “why” of brainstorming and learn how to get the most out of your compliance management system. Enjoy!

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Tags: General Quality

4 Risk Management Techniques for Reducing Defective Products

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Thu, May 19, 2016

Recalls over product defects are a major concern in many industries, often creating millions of dollars in costs and brand damage. Part of the problem is that so many companies don’t effectively integrate Risk Management into their processes, allowing small issues to persist unmanaged.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 4 Risk Management techniques that can help reduce product defects. 

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Tags: Life Sciences, General Quality, aviation, EHS, Risk Management

Brexit and the Life Sciences – Are We Heading for Chaos?

Posted by Alexandre Alain on Wed, May 18, 2016

As Britain prepares for its referendum on leaving the EU, business leaders in the life sciences are already counting the cost of Brexit

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5 EHS Management Myths That Hurt Your Business

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, May 17, 2016

When you’ve been with a company a long time, you get used to doing things a certain way. Unfortunately, “we’ve always done it that way” is one of the most dangerous positions to work from in business.

Why? Because this mindset means you never have to reexamine old ways of doing things that could, in fact, be harming your company. When you take the time to really dig deeper, it sometimes turns out that the old way isn’t always best.

With that in mind, let’s bust 5 common EHS management myths that ultimately hurt your business.

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Tags: EHS

Risk Management Strategies for the Supply Chain: 3 Key Takeaways from Our Webinar

Posted by Tim Lozier on Thu, May 12, 2016

The dynamic of business today is more complex than ever before. Globalization, product competition and the increasing of the supplier network has driven companies into far more directions. How can companies navigate the complexities within their organization, while keeping a strong level of compliance? 

The key becomes one of risk-based thinking in supply chain quality. We recently held a webinar on this topic that gave advice on implementing risk strategies for the supply chain.

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Tags: quality, Risk Management

The Life Sciences Industry in the Proactive Quality Economy

Posted by Alexandre Alain on Wed, May 11, 2016

Moving Beyond Compliance to Deliver Operational Excellence Across Your Life Science Business

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Document Control and Recordkeeping: Say What You Do and Do What You Say

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Tue, May 10, 2016

We’ve all heard it many times within the Food and Beverage industry—if you haven’t documented or recorded it, then it’s as if you didn’t do it at all. Proof is in the action of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and having something that demonstrates that you say what you do and confirms that you do what you say. Documentation of your food safety and quality programs and practices is critical in implementing an effective Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and providing a clear picture of “say what you do.”

On the flip side, keeping accurate, complete and accessible records of all your activities that occur within your FSMS provides proof that you “do what you say.” Without both of these components, you will not be able to show compliance to the various requirements that a normal Food and Beverage business needs to meet—whether we are talking about FSMA, GFSI or your consumers.

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Tags: Food and Beverage