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Food Safety  |  Food Supply Chain

Creating Interoperability in the Food Supply Chain

For years we have approached problems that arise within the food supply chain in a segmented manner. If something happens at step 27 along the chain, X, Y, and Z are identified as the appropriate controls, corrective actions, and measures to take. This is a limited, even stove-pipe, approach to food safety that may be hitting its limits in the modern food industry.  In their most literal sense, chains should be comprised of distinct yet interconnected links. The food supply chain is no different. While every phase, from farming, to production, to processing, to packaging, to transportation and to retail has a different yet important role, it is critical that we understand how they work together, and how the information created at each step interrelates. This is particularly important to creating an advanced, interconnected food safety scenario - one that the FDA has recently referred to as “A new era of smarter food safety”.  Creating an effective food safety system, such as suggested by the FDA statement from this month, requires more than just interconnectivity, it requires interoperability. Collaboration will soon no longer be a suggestion, but a necessity.

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Food Safety  |  Food Safety Audit

4 Reasons Why Your EMP Should be a Focus of Your Internal Food Safety Audits... & How to Get Started

What is your organization doing to ensure that it’s conforming to your own food safety and quality assurance policies, as well as preparing for 2nd or 3rd party audits -- external audits from third parties like customers and regulators? If you haven’t implemented a formal process for conducting internal food safety audits, it’s time to consider that doing so can significantly limit organizational risk, reduce operational inefficiencies and even save money over the long term. To help you grasp the full impact, we’re sharing some holistic ways to think about the immense value of establishing a formal, dedicated internal audit process.

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How to Find & Prevent Contamination in Food Processing Plants

Do you know how to find and prevent contamination in your plants?

Use this checklist to help avoid Tens of Millions in damage costs, severe brand equity loss, and unexpected food audits.

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Food Safety

Transforming Food Safety to a Digital Platform — The Enablement of Supply Chain Transparency

After years of status quo, in 2011 the United States implemented its first major food safety legislation in 70 years — the Food Safety Modernization Act. Nearly ten years later, we’re still working to implement it. But as quickly as regulators are trying to catch up, the more complicated our supply chains have become. For example, 15% of the US’s overall food supply is imported from over 200 other countries, according to the FDA. The complexity grows exponentially when we contemplate what this means for tracking food safety across a supply chain of this scope.

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Food Safety  |  Food Safety Education  |  Food Safety Software

Opportunities to Enhance Food Safety in Meat and Poultry

According to the CDC, an estimated 2 million bacterial illnesses occur each year in the United States from contaminated meat and poultry products. With this in mind, many food suppliers have turned their attention to a dual strategy of being both proactive and how to best quarantine and prevent. Enhancing their biosecurity helps prevent the spread of foreign animal illnesses such as avian influenza, African swine fever, and foot-and-mouth disease, which helps protect their distributors and consumers from handling contaminated product..

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Food Safety  |  Food Safety Software

Achieving FSMA Compliance with Food Safety Technology

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is no little-known piece of legislation in the industry today. As the defining rules have been finalized –⁠ and compliance dates have come and gone –⁠ manufacturers everywhere have felt the pressure of regulatory change. But is everyone on the same page when it comes to understanding these “new” compliance requirements? How is your company approaching its FSMA compliance obligations, and do you believe that technology can help?  

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Food Safety  |  Food Safety Program  |  food safety guidelines

The Real Cost of a Food Safety Program Failure

When you think about the greatest threat to your food company’s profitability, your mind might automatically jump to nuances like employee turnover, inflating overhead costs or mismanaged advertising campaigns. Would you be surprised to know that a single failure in your food safety program could actually be the most devastating profitability factor of all?  

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