5 Problems That Cost More Than a Food Safety Management System

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Nov 03, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

With the advent of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), many food and beverage companies large and small are working towards implementing Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS).

These systems give companies more control and visibility throughout the manufacturing process while systematically reducing risk across the organization.

But making the commitment—and following through on it—does require investing time and resources into the process.

As a result, many companies just don’t want to make the investment, viewing it as a net cost to the company. But the truth is, not having an FSMS is something that can ultimately prove more costly. Within this context, let’s examine 5 problems that cost more than an FSMS.

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How an FSMS Supports the 7 Principles of HACCP

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Oct 18, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance dates are approaching, with many companies required to establish a food safety system that analyzes hazards and implements risk-based preventive controls.

A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan has long been one of the main standards for developing such a system. Integrated Food Safety Management System (FSMS) software provides a simplified way to streamline compliance with the new requirements.

To see how, this post will look at the ways an FSMS supports the 7 principles of HACCP.

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4 Document Control Gaps That Can Cause Big Problems (and How to Avoid Them)

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 29, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Document control is central to certification and regulatory requirements that include multiple ISO standards, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

And yet, according to a McKinsey & Company report, employees spend almost 20% of their time searching for and gathering internal information. That means out of every 5 workers, only 4 are actually getting work done at any given moment.

The problem points to how common document control problems are in many organizations. In this post, we’ll examine 4 of the most common document control gaps and what you can do to fix them.

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8 Ways European Consumers are Changing Their Food Habits

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Sep 21, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

Key Market and Behavioral Drivers Are Shaping New Food Habits Among European Consumers

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Food and Beverage Europe

FSMA is Getting Closer Every Day: Is Your Company Ready?

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 13, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the seven foundational rules central to the sweeping Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2015 and 2016. Companies have 1 to 3 years to comply with the new rules, depending on the rule and the size of the organization.

And while many companies have been taking steps for some time to ensure compliance with the new rules, others are either unprepared or underprepared for the changes that are currently underway.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at 3 key areas where food manufacturers need to be ready, or well on their way. 

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7 Ways to Streamline Your Supplier Audits

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 25, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Many activities in life that seemingly take a ton of time can often be improved with just a few strategic moves. Like this one annoying dialog box that kept popping up after I updated my computer’s operating system. I thought for sure it would take forever to fix, but it turns out Google and a few simple clicks got rid of it.

Audits are the same way. Multiple steps, tons of documents and checklist questions, various people involved—all of it can seem like a huge headache, but the truth is a lot of the grunt work can be eliminated just by leveraging your Quality Management System (QMS) more effectively. Let’s look at 7 ways it helps you streamline the process.

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Talent Management – How Innovation can Attract the Brightest and Best to Your Food & Drink Business

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Aug 24, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

Attracting Staff with Top Food Skills to Your Food and Drink Business Depends on Fostering a Forward-Thinking Culture

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Food and Beverage Innovation

5 Best Practices for Improving Supply Chain Visibility

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Aug 09, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Foodborne illness will sicken 1 in 6 of us each year, often striking the most vulnerable members of the population like the young, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

How many of these illnesses result from a failure on the part of the manufacturer versus that of suppliers? Many scandals involving major U.S. brands implicate suppliers, with lack of visibility into their processes a major contributor to the problem. To help companies address this, let’s look at 5 best practices that increase supply chain visibility.


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5 Must-Haves For Your Food Safety Management System

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 21, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has resulted in many companies implementing Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) to help stay on top of the new requirements coming down the pike.

From written food safety plans to preventive controls, hazard identification and monitoring, an automated FSMS helps companies comply with many of the new requirements. But when it comes to picking the right solution, it’s not always clear what the best option is.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 FSMS features that make the biggest difference in terms of streamlining work while improving compliance.

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Bowtie, Risk Matrix or Decision Tree: Which Should You Use?

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 14, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

I’m the type of person who prefers my neighborhood hardware store over the big box home improvement places. Sure, there are fewer options, but that makes choosing easier. What’s more, the employees at my local store are infinitely more helpful, asking what I want and walking me directly to the tools I need.

Today’s post will help you better understand exactly the Risk Management tools you need for different situations. We’ll look at 3 essential risk models in your EHS or quality management toolkit: the bowtie, the risk matrix and the decision tree.

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