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A Shout-Out to Renfro Foods

On August 1, Food Processing magazine published an in-depth article that includes longtime Tamlin client Renfro Foods and Renfro’s president, Doug Renfro. The article highlights the differences between business data and business intelligence. It has interesting case studies about food manufacturers who successfully turned their data into actionable insights to save substantial money and increase … Continue reading A Shout-Out to Renfro Foods

As the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance August 2017 date approaches, we would like to share with our readers how SQF Certification will prepare them to be FSMA compliant. Specifically, ‘What do I need to do to go from SQF Certification to FSMA compliant?” In a November, 2015 SQF Institute article (http://www.sqfi.com/2015/11/02/sqf-level-2-certification-gets-you-ready-to-be-fsma-compliant/), the Institute put forth an executive summary giving SQF Level 2 certified companies a path to FSMA compliance. The FDA will require a HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls) food safety plan. The plan is a transition in approach to food safety. The focus is on prevention - rather than reaction. According to HARPC.com (http://www.harpc.com/harpc-requirements/), companies must create a written analysis of hazards and include both an identification of the risks as well as an analysis of the risks as they pertain (or could pertain) to the facility and the foods or food ingredients it handles. The core intent of the law is to identify hazards (biological, physical, and chemical including radiological) due to various processing, manufacturing, and packing activities. On the way to FSMA compliance, each food manufacturer must evaluate the risks for biological hazards such as Listeria monocytogenes, chemical hazards such as natural toxins, pesticides, allergens and food additives, and physical hazards such as shards of glass or other foreign material. In addition, the analysis also includes evaluating hazards that are introduced by acts of terrorism. Is the plant secure? Are security measures in place? Are personnel being screened? How safe is the entire supply chain from raw materials, ingredients and packaging and the finished goods received, delivered and shipped? As an SQF compliant facility, step 1 to prepare for FSMA compliance is to prepare a document that pulls together all the various aspects of a food safety plan, referring to all the SQF compliance information, and developing preventive controls that directly prevent the various hazards from occurring. To develop your preventative controls for each risk or hazard identified, consider these questions: - What training is in place to teach awareness of this risk? - What procedures are in place for prevention? - Are there physical barriers in place for prevention? (Doors, Keypad entry, lids, etc) - Are there technology (such as security rights access) barriers in place for prevention? Leveraging your existing SQF documentation and adding the preventative controls is your first step toward FSMA compliance. Next time, we will discuss the FDA’s two key activities food facilities must implement once a HARPC review and prevention plan is completed; namely, monitoring and verification. | Tamlin Software

Take the First Step to move from SQF (Level 2) to FSMA

As the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance August 2017 date approaches, we would like to share with our readers how SQF Certification will prepare them to be FSMA compliant.  Specifically, ‘What do I need to do to go from SQF Certification to FSMA compliant?”  In a November, 2015 SQF Institute article  (http://www.sqfi.com/2015/11/02/sqf-level-2-certification-gets-you-ready-to-be-fsma-compliant/), the Institute … Continue reading Take the First Step to move from SQF (Level 2) to FSMA

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Win the information “game of chase” with bar-coded, mobile systems

Supervisors and operations managers are responsible for monitoring and controlling  multiple activities, spanning multiple applications to watch and report on business processes as they unfold (e.g., demand planning, production, packaging and order selection). Thus starts the game of chase for information. Information from multiple applications and sources is collected, enabling performance and productivity data to … Continue reading Win the information “game of chase” with bar-coded, mobile systems

Food Processor succeeds with new ERP implementation

Here in Texas, BBQ is an institution.  Wycliff Douglas Foods, Inc. provides BBQ sauce with that special hickory smoked, dark succulent flavor and deep aroma. Through the years, sales have expanded and for Wycliff Douglas CEO Nick Schwabe, that meant continually ramping up production to fulfill the demand for their product.  Very quickly Schwabe was … Continue reading Food Processor succeeds with new ERP implementation

Tamlin Farm to Fork Safety

Is “Farm to Fork Safety” just an industry buzz term?

By Linda Bryan Chief Executive Officer Tamlin Software In most commentaries, it’s not a good idea to reveal your conclusion before you’ve already made a compelling case for your argument. But in this instance, it’s going be different. Right from the beginning, I want to say “Farm to Fork Safety” isn’t just an industry term. … Continue reading Is “Farm to Fork Safety” just an industry buzz term?

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The Three Common Mistakes Food Processing Managers Make with Backward Traceability

By Linda Bryan Chief Executive Officer, Tamlin Software Farm-to-fork traceability isn’t just a food industry buzz phrase. It’s a very real concern for every company in the food industry supply chain—both in terms of backward and forward traceability alike. Without farm-to-fork traceability, it’s impossible to know where harmful products came from or where they eventually end up. … Continue reading The Three Common Mistakes Food Processing Managers Make with Backward Traceability

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Three Compliance Questions Every Food Manufacturing Company Should Ask about Software for Food Processors

By Linda Bryan Chief Executive Officer Tamlin Software Bigger might not be better, but sometimes bigger really can be easier. If, for example, market forces and regulatory agencies require a bundle of added resources to keep up with industry compliance standards, it’s far easier to carry the load if you’re a large operation with deep … Continue reading Three Compliance Questions Every Food Manufacturing Company Should Ask about Software for Food Processors

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Integrated Barcode Software Makes Traceability Easier

By Teresa Finn Chief Operating Officer Tamlin Software For years, barcodes have been an effective means for food processors, discrete manufacturers and distributors to track products and product parts throughout the supply chain. Barcodes not only hold vital information in a small graphic that’s virtually unnoticeable, they’re able to capture and record critical bits of … Continue reading Integrated Barcode Software Makes Traceability Easier

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Change…Avoid It, Fear It, or Conquer It: Change Management Tips for Small Manufacturers

By Lee Keller Sr. Business Consultant Tamlin Software Change is something everyone has to deal with. Some of it’s good, some bad, but either way, we all face change every day. But if you’re running a small manufacturing company, managing change can be especially challenging. New government regulations, changes in the supply chain, downward pressure … Continue reading Change…Avoid It, Fear It, or Conquer It: Change Management Tips for Small Manufacturers