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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Product Safety - Reality, Redundancy and Money-Drain Check

The affordability of a food safety and quality management system is a significant concern for many operations. The solution is the elimination of resource drains without compromising food safety.

As it is with running a successful food business, running a successful food safety and quality assurance program requires the courage to say “NO” to all redundant suggestions and impositions. These are resource drains. Every food safety and quality manager, coordinator or custodian needs to know where the drains and gains are.

Do you know what matters in your operation and where your drains and drain plugs are? Which of these proposed requirements does your operation absolutely need and which can you do without and still maintain a recall-free existence? From your experience and assessment of the success that you have achieved with any thing on the list, you may indicate one or more of these that you consider to be redundant or "resource drain":

A.    Management commitment
B.    Employee commitment
C.    Proper training
D.    SSQA (Safety, Security & Quality Assurance)
E.    Third party certification audits
F.    Consulting Services
G.    Effective internal audits
H.    All
I.      None

Do you know of any beneficial requirements that could be added to the list?

The following posts may also be of interest:
5. Recall – Case Studies
6. The Cherry Processor
Posted By Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is the current Food Industry Chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection

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