processes and increasingly global supply chains, makes
monitoring food safety a vast responsibility.
Technology At Work
Early risk detection and rapid response are the ultimate
preventative measures in the food processing industry.
Adopting the correct systemic approach will help businesses
ensure food safety, operational efficiency and desired shelf
life. Companies need a system that identifies exactly where
problems may occur before they happen.
The system should analyze processes associated
with the different stages of the product’s journey, from
production to final product storage. It will then provide a
snapshot of areas that may harbor and promote the spread
of pathogens. The system should also provide practical
suggestions to mitigate the perceived risk, as well as
statistics showing the financial impact and benefits that
organizations can expect.
Diagnostic tools such as these help processing plants
improve and maintain food safety standards during the
manufacturing process. The system will allow facilities to
monitor progress over time and measure the impact of
corrective actions as they relate to improved food safety.
By prioritizing areas of improvement and benchmarking the
business against industry performance tools, organizations
reduce the risk of contamination of the final product,
resulting in a higher quality product.
Starting With Better Food Safety
Some businesses are reluctant to admit that a food
safety or hygiene issue exists. Others believe that because
they don’t yet have a problem, they never will. However, it
is far better to be safe than sorry when it comes to
foodborne pathogens and outbreaks. Organizations should
implement systems that, unlike other audits, go beyond
basic compliance scoring. Implementing a systemic
approach to food safety can help reduce risks, making
facilities safer and giving businesses more control in the
face of uncertainty.
Fabrizio Tardioli is the Global Food Safety Solutions Director
with Diversey’s Food & Beverage division.
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