How Food Safety Technology Helps Companies Be Audit-Ready On Demand for Regulatory, GFSI and Customer Food Safety Audits

Article in the October/November 2014 issue of Food Quality and Safety magazine, a Wiley publication, highlights how companies can leverage food safety technology to prepare for food safety and quality audits

SafetyChain Software, leaders in food safety and quality assurance (FSQA) solutions that Automate, Streamline & Improve FSQA™ is pleased to announce that that an informative article on food safety technology and audit readiness, written by SafetyChain co-founder Barbara Levin, has been published in the November 2014 issue of Food Quality & Safety Magazine, a Wiley publication.

The article, titled Leveraging Innovative Technology to be Audit-Ready On Demand, focuses on how the food and beverage industry can leverage food safety technology automation to overcome challenges related to managing food safety programs, and preparing for a wide variety of food safety audits, including those for FDA, USDA, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), internal audits and customer audits.

The article focuses on the importance of adopting food safety technology not just for audit documentation – but to insure that you pass audits by automating the management of overall food safety plans and recordkeeping. Some of the topics covered include how automation helps companies:

  • Electronically manage food safety plan tasks to ensure they are carried out in conformance with requirements
  • Automate management of approved vendor programs
  • Receive non-conformance alerts and generate/document Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA)
  • Create a centralized repository of all food safety records/documentation for “anywhere, anytime” audits from a laptop
  • Prepare for unannounced audits that are becoming required for food safety standards such as GFSI

Read the article here.

Article author Levin commented, “FSQA professionals understand the importance of audits when it comes to ensuring continuous improvement to safety and quality programs. But when you combine regulatory, GFSI, customer and internal audits – they’re experiencing what’s commonly known as ‘audit fatigue. Leveraging emerging FSQA automation technologies not only helps streamline and improve the overall management of food safety plans – it also then creates on demand access to the documents and records required for audits.” Levin continued, “I’m very grateful to the folks at Food Quality & Safety Magazine for giving me a forum to share my passion for how technology can help food and beverage companies improve food safety while reducing costs and mitigating risks.”

About SafetyChain Software
SafetyChain Software – Automate, Streamline & Improve FSQA™ – is the leading provider of Food Safety Chain Management Systems (FSCMS) that help enforce Food Safety & Quality Assurance along a company’s supply chain – for what comes in, what they do with it, and where it’s going next. It’s leading FSCMS, SafetyChain for Food, helps food and beverage companies: comply with regulatory, GFSI, customer and internal FSQA requirements; manage approved vendor/supplier programs; ensure FSQA data collection, workflow, processes, and documentation; and create central repository of FSQA data for trending, continuous improvement and audit readiness.