4 Ways FSMA’s Food Traceability Focus Can Help You Win At Quality

Douglas C. Fair
By Douglas C. Fair | September 1, 2016
Chief Operating Officer

Are you overwhelmed by the resources necessary to address new food regulations? Despite the cost and time associated with compliance, the FSMA’s focus on food and beverage traceability and prevention can actually benefit your entire organization. Transforming regulations can help you mitigate risk, increase satisfaction and make data driven decisions for continuous improvement. Take a look at the following ways FSMA can bolster your quality efforts:

1. Food Safety and Customer Protection

Your customers have more information than ever about your company and products, right at their fingertips. As a result, they’re increasingly aware of food recalls, illnesses and potential problems associated with your brand and products. And they’re not just aware of problems tied to food safety, they’re talking about them and sharing them with others. With the immediacy of social media and news sites, problems with the quality of your products spread like wild fire.

The implementation of safety processes that result in safe, high-quality goods not only keep your company out of the recall headlines; they also keep your customers safe and happy.

2. Encourage Risk Management

You already know risk management is good business. New measures for improving food safety can help promote improved risk management that can reduce contamination and prevent food safety issues before they become severe problems and recalls. By uncovering potential problems and implementing preventative measures before issues result in health crises or costly recalls, you and your team can act more quickly. The result? Safer food, fewer recalls, less waste and reduced production shut downs.

3. Faster, Better, Safer

Process control is an important element associated with FSMA and its initiatives to promote safety within the food and beverage industry. By harnessing process control data, inefficient processes are easier to spotlight and correct; boosting productivity, yield and safety. Without the right data, you may remain in the dark about potential improvements as well as costly, dangerous problems.

In addition to gaining control of your own processes by harnessing powerful data, addressing supplier quality can have a major impact on your ingredients, revealing problems, inconsistencies and safety hazards before goods ever leave a supplier facility.

4. Traceability: From Restaurant to Supplier

Food manufacturers that drive preventative measures and process efficiency within their organizations experience marked improvements in efficiency, customer satisfaction, quality, safety and compliance. With the ability to trace problems and potential problems from consumption to supply chain, you have the ability to identify exactly where improvements must be made in order to provide the best product possible.

Real-time data provides food and beverage manufactures with the information they need to improve processes, reduce variation and thrive in a competitive industry. Changing regulations don’t have to cripple your resources and ignite stress. In contrast, you can utilize more stringent regulations to differentiate your organization and the quality products you provide from your competition.  

Want a detailed outlook of transforming food and beverage regulations and how to use new standards to meet increasing customer demands?

Download our free whitepaper: FSMA Best Practices: Food Safety & Traceability

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