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Keeping food safe across the supply chain requires serious investment — of time and labor, but also of capital. This month, we asked readers to share their experiences investing in food safety through equipment acquisition.
According to the chart at right, most food manufacturers report food safety plans are flexible
when it comes to equipment acquisition. This means processors are willing to put in the time to
adjust food safety plans to incorporate newly installed equipment rather than forgoing “ideal” planning in order to avoid the hassle of readjusting plans.
Such a decision can be tricky. The decision to go with a best-practice plant layout or a best-in-class piece of equipment should have a positive impact on food safety within a facility. But readjustment of food safety plans that accompany these in-plant changes should be done with care, ensuring that no newly created critical control points are missed.
With this in mind, 70 percent of Food Manufacturing readers report food safety factors “very”
heavily into equipment acquisition decisions, with only 4. 3 percent saying it has “little” impact on their decisions.
When purchasing new
equipment, your facility:
Will adjust food
safety plans to
meet the changes
brought by new
Tries to ensure that
all new equipment
no updates to
food safety plans
The Food Safety Update section of Food Manufacturing is
designed to offer our readers insight into the state of food
safety concerns across the industry. We received hundreds of
responses to this month’s survey on equipment acquisition.
Krystal Gabert, Editor