Good Enough for Food Safety?
Is the imminent roll out of the Food Safety Modernization Act changing how you and your business are making decisions from a manufacturing food safety perspective? Are the processes and systems you have in place today good enough? Is good enough, good enough for food safety? It may be… But, do you still need to do more?
If a manufacturer is SQF, BRC or certified under another GFSI scheme, they should be fine, right? The key is: could it be better? But will there be investment to become better? When I was in the manufacturing world in the last plant I ran, we achieved SQF level 3 certification. As is now, our SQF audits were announced, planned events that allowed us ample time for preparation and continuous program maintenance.
As of January, it was declared that one in three SQF audits will be required to be unannounced. This is a very substantial change that will require those with wanting to maintain their SQF certification to be more agile and have the ability to have the right data and information at their fingertips. Manufacturers will need tools and technology to be able to better prepare them not just for audits but for maintaining a solid food safety plan the remaining 362 days of the year. Sifting through stacks and stacks of paperwork will be further unsustainable as rules and regulations change.
On February 26-28, the GE Intelligent Platforms food safety team will sponsor an exhibition booth at the annual Global Food Safety Conference in Anaheim, California. If you plan to attend, please stop by our booth. We’d love to hear your thoughts, what competing priorities you have, and what your business will be doing differently as it pertains to food safety. The exciting conference brings together 800 leading food safety specialists from more than 50 countries to advance food safety globally. We hope to see you there!