Transforming Food Safety
& Quality Operations Blog
Supply chain analytics tools allow companies to trend all safety and quality data across their operations. By using technology to streamline traditionally resource-intensive processes, food and beverage companies are driving performance, reducing costs, and ultimately, seeing better bottom-line results.
There are many terms in the food and beverage industry with definitions that have become somewhat skewed over time. Though often used interchangeably, the terms “food safety plan” (FSP) and “HACCP plan” actually refer to different things. While they are very similar, the key differences between the two are important to note, as understanding them can help ensure your company has all of the proper protocols in place to achieve the highest possible level of safety. Here is a brief comparison between the two types of plans.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is system food and beverage companies use to manage food safety. Specifically, it is defined by the FDA as a means through which food safety is addressed using “the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.” Oftentimes, the challenge of effectively managing HACCP lies in the analysis portion of the system, because there is limited visibility into everyday operations. HACCP software solves this challenge.
Safe Quality Food (SQF) is the most popular Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme in the U.S. Like other GFSI schemes, its overarching objective is to promote food safety, but beyond that, it can also help food and beverage companies stay competitive. Many purchasing companies seek GFSI certification as a means of demonstrating commitment to best practices in food safety. While certification has many advantages, it also poses some challenges. By implementing software, companies can alleviate the paper-intensive processes traditionally associated with SQF compliance.
As its name suggests, quality management system (QMS) software is a tool to help companies effectively manage the processes and procedures for achieving quality outcomes. While quality management is essential in any industry, it is especially critical in the food and beverage sector, where public health depends largely on companies’ ability to produce high-quality products.
Safety compliance software helps food and beverage companies support their food safety and quality assurance (FSQA) activities by providing visibility into every level of the supply chain. With greater visibility, companies can achieve improved efficiency, time and cost savings, and ultimately, better overall performance. To reap the greatest benefits from your technology investment, be sure to look for software with the following key features.