It is not surprising that operational efficiency in the food safety industry is maximizing product output at the lowest possible price while never compromising -- and dare suggest increasing-- food safety. Experts in the food industry understand there is a continual need to increase speed and efficiency during the manufacturing and production process without compromising food safety. One of the ways the industry is beginning to be more proactive about food safety is through utilizing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IIoT refers to physical devices connected to the internet that collect and share data from the manufacturing and industrial processes.
As you work to stay informed on the latest updates in food safety, you may have encountered the term “food intelligence platform” and made some assumptions about its meaning. There are a number of misconceptions surrounding software platforms in the food safety arena, which can lead to misinformed decisions about what type of solution is best for your operation. To support you in addressing this challenge, we’re taking time to debunk myths about food intelligence platforms and explain the fundamental differences between a laboratory information management system (LIMS) and food safety software.
Use this checklist to help avoid Tens of Millions in damage costs, severe brand equity loss, and unexpected food audits.
Food safety as a discipline is highly complex, and it can become especially complicated for manufacturers as they struggle to address evolving regulations and shifting industry realities. In the midst of this confusion and the wake of FSMA rollout, many food safety-related terms are tossed around. Unfortunately, not all of them are clearly understood or correctly represented by the people using them. Today we’re going to dissect two of these particular concepts – HACCP and a Food Safety Plan – and explain exactly what makes them different.
The short answer? Absolutely. In fact, tracking production across all of your food processing plants is a critical component of food safety compliance, recall prevention and brand preservation. What’s more, it does NOT have to consume your resources or cause major impediments to your daily production goals IF you understand how to leverage the proper technology.
The CDC alert that made headlines on November 23 advised consumers, restaurants and retailers not to eat, serve or sell any romaine lettuce, rendering the event the third E. coli outbreak related to romaine within a 12-month period. Because health officials were unable to quickly pinpoint the origins of the tainted lettuce, retailers and trucking companies were left to dump truckloads of affected products, likely amounting to tens of millions of dollars in losses. The occurrence is a staunch reminder of the major risks associated with lack of supply chain visibility and control in today’s food industry. It’s also a good reason to ask: How safe is YOUR supply chain?
“Risk” is a word that’s used pretty frequently in the world of food safety. For manufacturers, it’s a word of caution, one that often engenders fear. Why? Because the greater your food safety risk, the higher your probability of experiencing production-halting, brand-damaging and even job-defining repercussions.