Food manufacturers face a host of organizational challenges unique to the process manufacturing industry. While managing the supply chain, fluctuating commodities costs, and endeavoring to improve production efficiency, food manufacturers are required to maintain levels of cleanliness that prevent possible contamination, and eliminate areas where pathogens can develop and multiply.
Ensuring that the manufacturing facilities, equipment, and process controls are operating in accordance with food safety, compliance, and regulatory laws requires constant vigilance. However, developing internal control procedures that include training, audits, documentation, and evaluation without assistance is extremely difficult, costly, and rarely covers every aspect involved in the food manufacturing process.
The majority of food safety problems occur from improper training and equipment maintenance, lack of applicable protocol and control programs, and post-processing contamination. But by implementing an all-encompassing, easy to use, software management solution, food manufacturers can guarantee that their operation complies with food safety standards, plus gain the added benefit of improved production and supply chain efficiency.
Good manufacturing practices require establishing effective:
• Employee Training Procedures. Since harmful contamination can result from improperly cleaned hands or equipment, a comprehensive employee training manual or procedural checklist is beneficial.
• Systematic Equipment Maintenance. This will involve an integrative outline of the cleaning, breakdown, and kill-step schedule, as well as regular, and preventative maintenance plans for equipment.
• Integrating Inventory Best Practices. Using correct, bar-coded labeling and removing old, out-dated packaging will save time and money, while streamlining the production process.
• Plant Sanitation Records. Certain sensors, timers, and keypad controls can be integrated into a system that records sanitation compliance.
Regulatory failures often occur due to a lack of independent auditing of current programs. This is generally caused from the inordinate amount of data, procedures lists, and independent management systems necessary for production, and operational compliance. This is why new software programs have been developed to integrate all the information into an easy-to-use, readable system.
Advancements in equipment and uniform design have helped food manufacturers meet regulation standards better, but innovative software programs can provide superior food safety, management solutions that can effectively improve compliance compatibility. To learn more about SBS Group’s Process Manufacturing solutions, contact SBS Group here or call 888.725.2555.