3 Effective Ways to Promote Food Safety and Quality at Your Facility

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Jennifer Kinion
Contributing Writer

Promoting food safety and quality is the foremost objective of most food and beverage companies. Yet, with multiple facilities, a varied product line, and robust food safety and quality assurance (FSQA) programs to follow, ensuring safety and quality is no easy feat. By implementing some best practices and utilizing tools to help increase visibility into the supply chain, achieving safety and quality becomes more attainable. Here are three powerful strategies for driving safety and quality in your facility.

Be Diligent About Ingredient Origins

As Food Safety News states, “consumers have a right to know what ingredients are in a product and where it is from.” This means that food manufacturers should also be entirely clear on their ingredients’ origins and should never make assumptions. Having strong visibility into your suppliers’ activities is critical and can help you avoid potential threats to health and safety in your materials and ingredients.

Enhance Supply Chain Transparency

Limited visibility into your supply chain can pose risks to food quality and safety. With paper-based systems, however, it’s simply too difficult to see what’s going on at every level of your supply chain in real-time. For this reason, the food and beverage industry has begun to leverage technology in recent years. With automated record keeping and data capture, management is better able to maintain ongoing visibility into operations. Tools like notifications for out-of-spec results make it possible to identify and address issues at the earliest possible point, and analytics enable ongoing performance monitoring for better management of FSQA efforts. 

Achieve Ongoing Compliance

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes and regulations like the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aim to help organizations reduce food safety risks. Thus, by improving your compliance efforts, your company will also achieve risk mitigation as a byproduct. Of course, managing complex requirements isn’t simple, which is why companies are increasingly implementing technology to help them maintain and meet food safety program requirements consistently.