Food Safety is a management system by which an organization documents and executes preventive actions against potentially critical health hazards associated with food. The need for Food Safety applies to all activities associated with the sourcing, manufacturing or preparation, warehousing, transportation, and packaging of food within the Food Chain. The accurate identification of hazards and the risk assessment of these hazards are the foundation of a Food Safety management system. The development, implementation and monitoring of preventive controls to assure that the hazards are minimized or prevented. Both corrective actions for deviations and verification that the preventive controls are monitored correctly provide the balance to assure that the Food Safety management system is effective. There must be records of all activities associated with the management of the Food Safety system.
The failure of a Food Safety management system to prevent a hazard may be due to fitting a Food Safety management system to the existing system of processes and procedures at the location without adequate hazard identification and risk assessment. The lack of knowledge associated with the process control capability and the frequency of the monitoring procedure could cause failures. The inconsistent execution of the monitoring procedures, corrective actions and verification due to lack of training or rigor can cause failures. The lack of consideration of incremental hazards that may originate from outside of the location due to ingredients, packaging, storage, or transportation.
The utilization of an enterprise solution for Food Safety provides the structure to assure the creation of an appropriate management system. Once the Food Safety management system is implemented, understanding and visibility are significantly increased to the food safety and the organization. Immediate notification of food safety failures or the lack of corrective action for the failures are available to management for intervention. Automatic Food Safety document creation (Flow Charts, Hazard Analyses, Monitoring Procedures) during system development assures the constant communication of requirements to users and the elimination of obsolete documents. An enterprise solution should provide the ability for an organization to extend their hazard identification and risk assessment beyond their location into the supply chain to assure that preventive controls are executed to prevent those hazards. The extension of Food Safety management into the supply chain will provide hazard analyses associated with material specifications, assurance of compliance to specifications and audit standards. The identification of high risk suppliers is achieved through audits, evaluations, Certificates of Analysis, and noncompliance reports which also allows the development of scorecards and supplier statuses based upon performance.
N2N Global Inc. provides organizations to achieve their Food Safety management system needs through Food Safety Manager and Partner Management. Through our interaction with the food industry, we have seen that there needs to be a strong bridge to support compliance to the Food Safety management system both internally and externally. These Enterprise Solutions creates the forum in which Manufacturing Quality, Food Safety, Factory Quality, Regulatory, and Supply Chain Quality can deliver compliance to the Food Safety plan.