How Does SafetyChain for Food Work?


SafetyChain for Food is a technology innovation designed to help prevent food safety and quality incidents before they happen or get “out of control.” 

With realtime data collection and analysis to specifications – along with automatic alerts when deviations are detected – SafetyChain for Food helps prevent non-compliant ingredients and raw materials from coming in, and non-conforming finished products from going out. Additionally, SafetyChain for Food helps ensure FSQA workflow, processes and documentation – while also creating a central repository of FSQA data for trending, assessments, reporting and audit readiness.

How SafetyChain for Food technology works:

  1. All regulatory requirements, for FDA and USDA programs – along with requirements for non-regulatory safety plans, such as GFSI schemes – are defined within SafetyChain for Food.
  2. All company specific procedures and requirements are also set up within the system. Examples include PRPs for Preventive Controls, CCPs for HACCP plans, quality attributes for customer specifications, audit forms, supplier documents for approved vendor programs/supplier compliance, maintenance schedules and more.  
  3. All processes, procedures and documents set up in SafetyChain for Food have assigned due dates or routine schedule times for completion. The system automates all associated workflow, with automatic notifications issued when documents or processes are due – calibrating metal detectors prior to a manufacturing line start-up, ensuring supplier inbound COAs are received, or performing field inspections prior to harvesting a produce field, for example. Auto-notifications help ensure compliance and help avoid expensive rework. 
    • Additionally, all safety and quality data/test results – from supplier COAs, internal or 3rd party labs, processing equipment (such as weight or cooling equipment) and more – is analyzed in realtime for verification against specifications. When everything is within spec, outbound COAs are generated. When non-conformance is detected automated alerts are sent to the appropriate key stakeholders so CAPAs can take place in the fastest manner possible and keep the value chain moving. 
    • All FSQA data and results, documents, CAPAs and more are stored in a central repository of data – regardless of the number of product groups and/or facilities – with unalterable time/date stamps.
  4. The central repository of data provides for in-depth risk assessments, performance trending, continuous improvement, monitoring of KPIs, audit preparation and much more.

The end result? Realtime data trending to be able to fine-tune and make adjustments to specifications, processes and procedures … the ability to respond on-demand to regulatory, 3rd party and customer inquiries and audits … and comprehensive management of supplier programs and customer commitments.