We’ve all heard of life-threatening effects of mismanaged food quality. Infections such as salmonella and listeria outbreaks can all be traced to companies in the food & beverage industry, poisoning consumers worldwide. For those in the food & beverage industry, it is your job to prevent such risks from happening to safely feed our 7 billion.
In the United States, food related regulations can be dated back to 1848 to carry out chemical analyses of agricultural products, a function that the newly created Department of Agriculture to manage food safety.
This would later evolve into what is today known as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a federal agency that is responsible for promoting public health through control and supervision of food and drug safety. Around the world, Australia/New Zealand, the European Union, China, Russia, and India, among other countries have similar governing bodies that oversee food safety with strict regulations to hold food & beverage industries accountable. And, as our global population continues to rise, ensuring the production and distribution of quality foods to grow. How can companies safely feed consumers?
Add to this the uptick of the conscious consumer to raise the bar. Now more than ever, people demand to know what goes into the manufacturing and distribution of the products that they are buying, especially when it comes to products they eat & drink. The emergence of this demand for transparency will benefit companies with responsible practices and magnify the mistakes of those that don’t.
Obtaining HACCP and ISO 22000 Certifications
So, food & beverage companies have the weight of safely feeding the world on their shoulders, in addition to protecting and promoting their reputation. With so much at stake, they must deploy a reliable system to assess and manage risks, enable compliance and sustain transparent operations. One way to demonstrate adherence to top-quality food practices, companies can attain HACCP and ISO 22000 certifications, and that’s where software vendors such as Gensuite come into play. Our tools, developed by Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) and Quality experts with two decades of experience, helps companies gain certification and manage food safety throughout the entire production & distribution lifecycle. Gensuite offers a diverse array of cross-functional applications that are applicable to HACCP and ISO 22000 certification, including an entire suite of software dedicated to quality management.
QMS for Food Safety
A dependable Quality Management Software (QMS) is able to effectively manage the many high-risk activities involved with food production and enables adherence with HACCP, ISO 22000 and food regulations.
A well-established system should be documented, maintained, and should continually evolve with upcoming food regulations. Deploying such a system allows users to establish enterprise-wide quality expectations, report food safety concerns, identify food safety risks, report product or service commitment defects, assign corrective actions, manage employee training, conduct audits, and maintain quality management documentation.
The Future of Food
How will technology improve food safety? According to Food Quality & Safety, integrating technologies such as such as radio-frequency identification (RFID) and sophisticated analytics will help identify ill livestock and create smart sampling systems that help farmers make decisions regarding disease or nutrition and irrigation needs in plants. These industry-changing tools are currently being developed through the Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) Joint Competitive Grant program.
The program aims to coordinate the work of these federal agencies to improve the science behind increasingly complex CPS—the way the physical world connects to information and communication technologies. Grant recipients include the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture project and Iowa State University.
The future looks bright for food safety. And with tools such as QMS bringing order to food safety, companies and the food & beverage industry can more easily manage their product from farm to table.