We recently posted about the FDA warning letter sent to a Kellogg’s cereal manufacturer earlier this year, which occurred after positive Salmonella samples from the production facility were repeatedly ignored. This corrective action failure caused an outbreak of foodborne illness in 36 states, plus reputational damage to the brand and noncompliance action from the FDA. The manufacturer is now subject to a wide-scale food safety overhaul, which will incur mounting costs for completing a full review of the facility, the implementation of changes to hygienic zoning and traffic control programs, an updated environmental monitoring program, the re-engineering of certain equipment to improve sanitary design, and enhanced training and auditing to ensure that programs are implemented as written. This is a prime example of what can happen when there’s not a robust and fully compliant corrective action plan in place – as well as an urgent reminder to reassess your own efforts. Are you implementing a corrective action plan that meets current compliance obligations, focuses on the safety of consumers and safeguards your brand?
Decades ago, the only food safety risk players in the protein industry were highly concerned about was that of animal diseases pervading their stock. Today, however, companies in the business of producing, processing, distributing and/or preparing meat, poultry and other protein products must be highly vigilant over the threat of foodborne illness caused by pathogens and other contamination issues. Facing this significantly more complex challenge – particularly in light of current industry regulations – has made the development of strong corrective action plans supported by smart software solutions an absolute necessity.
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 quick scan of recall listings on either the FDA or USDA site reveals a host of food safety incidents that have affected brands in just the last few days. Pull up an extensive review of food recalls in the past several months or years, and you’ll see some staggering numbers. In fact, a recent report issued by the Economic Research Service indicates there were 4,900 food recall events in the United States from 2004 to 2013. That translates to roughly 490 recalls per year -- or 1.3 recalls every day.
A dynamic and thorough HACCP program is absolutely critical to minimizing your manufacturing company’s food safety risk. Yet, even in this time of unprecedented industry evolution and deepened regulatory responsibility, there are many plants that continue to miss the mark on meeting necessary HACCP standards. To help ensure that your company is implementing a strong HACCP system, we’re providing you with valuable information and insight into one of the most overlooked and underestimated principles.
Many of us can honestly say there are aspects of our jobs that feel like a never-ending cycle. For plant and quality assurance managers in the food industry, the responsibility of preparing for audits really is an endless challenge. The perpetual need to ensure audit readiness can seem relentless and burdensome. The reality, however, is that food safety can be managed in a highly systematic way -- one that equips you and your team to embrace the kind of audit preparation that doesn’t spur an incessant loop of tedious tasks.