Better technology, shifting consumer trends, and improved processing methods deliver multiple chances to improve food manufacturing. Consequently, food systems have become more complicated and entangled, obscuring the boundaries of regulatory responsibility.
More recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s New Era of Food Smart Food Safety initiative, which the agency launched at the start of the pandemic, urges companies to embrace digital document management with the long-term goal of eliminating paperwork. While it’s a move most expect to take years, there’s no way to avoid it. Digital records, the FDA insists, will improve traceability, boost predictive analytics, allow the agency to respond more quickly to outbreaks while fostering more vibrant food safety cultures.
A wide-ranging Food Safety Management System (FSMS) remains essential to preserving product quality and safeguarding consumers. And the most vital component of any FSMS is the Food Safety Plan (FSP) –the foundation for ensuring everything coming off the production line is safe.
According to the FDA, an FSP includes “the primary documents in a preventive controls food safety system that provide a systematic approach to the identification of food safety hazards that must be controlled to prevent or minimize the likelihood of foodborne illness or injury.”
Food safety management software can power a more robust approach to facing food safety threats while encouraging a strong food safety culture. Monitoring, corrective action, and verification activities drive most procurement, production, and distribution tasks, consuming more personnel resources. Automating these activities eliminates time-consuming tasks such as manual oversight of workflows, data entry, document management, and record retrieval.