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.
By Jesse Osborne, Editor
Technology continues to evolve. So do Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans at food processing facilities. And compliance with Food
Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rules
is also currently at the forefront for food
manufacturers. Plant equipment, meanwhile,
remains an important consideration related
to all of the above.
We recently surveyed Food Manufacturing
readers from across all segments of the
industry on trends, topics and considerations
as it relates equipment acquisition and capital investment.
Just more than 45 percent of those surveyed said that an equipment acquisition in
their facility in the last 12 months has led
to an update to their facility’s HACCP plans.
Just less than 55 percent said it had not.
Approximately two-thirds of respondents
said that when purchasing equipment, their
facility makes its food safety plans available
to vendors to ensure they are able to produce equipment that works with those food
safety plans. The remaining one-third of
those surveyed said that is not the case.
More than 65 percent of respondents said
their facility will adjust HACCP plans to meet
the changes brought by the purchase of new
equipment. Meanwhile, nearly 35 percent of
those surveyed said that their facility will try
to ensure that all new equipment purchases
require no updates to HACCP plans.
As it relates to FSMA compliance, more
than 56 percent reported that their facility
has made changes to its HACCP plan as a
result. Nearly 44 percent said their facility
has not changed its HACCP plan.
Two-thirds of those surveyed said their
facility has not had to acquire new equipment over the last 24 months in order to
stay compliant with changing regulations.
The remaining one-third of respondents said
their facility had purchased new equipment
to stay compliant in that two-year time
When it comes to the type of equipment
purchases that typically result in an update
to a facility’s HACCP plan, mixers/blenders/
( 19. 9 percent) and palletizers/cartoners/
stretch wrappers ( 10. 3 percent).
More than 47 percent of those surveyed
said the equipment acquisition budget at
their facility has not changed in the last 12
months. Exactly 38 percent of respondents
said the equipment acquisition budget has
increased at their facility in the last year,
while 14. 7 percent reported that the equipment acquisition budget has decreased during that time.
The vast majority of those surveyed (86.8
percent) said that when discussing new
equipment acquisitions, they find that equipment manufacturers are aware of and sensitive to the need for food manufacturers to
maintain high sanitary levels and meet food
safety standards. Just more than 13 percent
reported that was not the case.
When asked how heavily food safety factors into equipment purchasing decisions,
73 percent reported “very.” Just shy of 20
percent reported “somewhat.” Fewer than
four percent of those surveyed reported
“little” or “none.”
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