Associate Editor, Food Online
To put it bluntly, handling paperwork is a burden that creates more problems than it solves. A misplaced invoice, a forgotten signature, an accidentally destroyed document… all of these scenarios can wreak havoc on a quality-manager's workload. Not to mention the bottleneck it creates on workflow. Developments in supply-chain management, fraud prevention, and food safety are only extending and complicating the labors of safety officers. Fortunately, software solutions and automated processes are able to take on these added tasks and ease the minds of safety and quality-assurance workers.
Just this week, revisions to four of FSMA’s rule were proposed. And it’s not just in the U.S.; food-safety regulations worldwide are changing and evolving. Keeping up with domestic and international food-safety guidelines can present a major burden, especially with new requirements in new categories being introduced as the rules evolve. Luckily, food-safety software solutions provide automatic updates, provided by the software’s provider, that keep up to date with changing guidelines. Many also allow changes in processes to occur, allowing the company to remain compliant. Both of these benefits are sure to ease the minds of execs at food-making companies.
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Paper- and Excel-based management systems have been the go-to process for so many people for two reasons. First, they are easy to use. More importantly, food-safety and quality-management solutions have been rather inadequate. Between lacking the range and scope companies desire and how difficult and cumbersome the software is to use, many have given up on the idea of software as a legitimate solution to safety and quality management, until now.
As an associate editor for Food Online, Sam Lewis writes original news features for our online readers. His articles focus on current trends, hot issues, and the latest news in food safety, food processing, and food packaging. In addition, he also assists in managing Food Online's social media presence. Follow him on Twitter@SamIamOnFood.