It’s now widely known that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires all applicable facilities to implement comprehensive corrective actions as part of a compliant food safety effort. What many corporate food safety managers may not know, however, is that developing a robust corrective action plan is about more than simply checking off your compliance boxes. Doing so actually strengthens your ability to reduce risk and protect your assets. For an inside look at how this unfolds, we’re bringing life to the practice of corrective action by offering you some tangible examples.
In the food manufacturing industry, corrective actions are steps taken to identify, correct and prevent future occurrences of deviations from a facility’s predetermined food safety process. The fifth principle of the industry standardized HACCP system is to establish corrective actions for responding appropriately whenever a potential food safety hazard’s critical limit is exceeded. Each facility’s corrective action plan should detail what to do when a deviation occurs (i.e., identifying and correcting the cause), who is responsible for doing so and how to properly record the actions taken.
Use this checklist to help avoid Tens of Millions in damage costs, severe brand equity loss, and unexpected food audits.
As a food safety manager, you probably worry about what does and doesn’t go on when you’re not around. That’s because there’s more on the line than just business output and operations. If the entire plant structure – from your people to your processes – is not focused on meeting food safety regulations and consumer standards, you’re vulnerable to experiencing serious noncompliance penalties, costly recalls, and reputational risk. But if you assume that ERP software is the answer, keep reading.
A Kellogg’s cereal manufacturer was recently issued an official FDA Warning Letter, which cites a number of food safety infractions linked to consumer illnesses reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Kerry, Inc., the company that manufactures Honey Smacks, underwent an inspection at its Gridley, IL, facility after an outbreak of connected Salmonella infections spurred a voluntary product recall from Kellogg Co. As a result of the inspection, FDA investigators identified “serious violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation.”
Grocery stores have transformed the food consumption experience. Whereas shoppers were once singularly focused on traversing the aisles to find the best deal on breakfast cereal, dinner ingredients and other food staples, there is now ample opportunity to meet with friends, purchase and enjoy a full meal AND check out with essential grocery items, all in one stop. But has this emerging trend increased your risk of food safety failures?
We’ve said it before: No food production process is perfect. There are immeasurable opportunities for the safety and quality of your product to be endangered at just one processing facility, let alone multiple. And as much as we’d like to think that good intentions prevail, there’s simply no way to thwart every single one of these risks. Even so, there’s good news for you and your company: Recalls can STILL be prevented!