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

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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

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ERP Change Management Evaluation:
The Final Stage (or is it?)

Change comes with a certain set of feelings. And when it comes to change in the workplace, some employees might feel more accomplished because new technologies are allowing them to complete their work faster. Some, perhaps, will feel more certain of their roles, thanks to new standards for accountability. Yet others may feel lost as … Continue reading ERP Change Management Evaluation:
The Final Stage (or is it?)

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ERP Change Management: Deliver and Sustain—
It’s Time to Put Your Plan into Action

By Linda Bryan Chief Executive Officer Tamlin Software Your patience has paid off. You could have saved time and maybe a little money up front by just implementing new processes and technology and praying for the best. But you chose a smarter route and stuck to your ERP change management plan. You got feedback from … Continue reading ERP Change Management: Deliver and Sustain—
It’s Time to Put Your Plan into Action

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ERP Change Management: Never Skip the Design and Development Stage

By Linda Bryan Chief Executive Officer Tamlin Software Good news! You’ve completed the assessment stage, the most humbling phase in your ERP change-management plan. You’ve asked the tough questions. You’ve interviewed every key player from your senior executives down to your shop floor workers. No stone has been left unturned and you’ve identified issues across … Continue reading ERP Change Management: Never Skip the Design and Development Stage

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ERP Change Management: Success Begins with Assessment

By Linda Bryan Chief Executive Officer Tamlin Software You’re the CEO of a manufacturing company. With multi-million dollar product recalls making the headlines on a weekly basis, you’re well aware of the need for quality control and cradle-to-grave traceability. It’s time to modernize. Good-bye pen and paper. You’re ready for an ERP system and a … Continue reading ERP Change Management: Success Begins with Assessment

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The Only Thing Constant is the Need for Change Management

Driving Successful Organizational Change in a Plant Environment By Linda Bryan Chief Executive Officer Tamlin Software Maybe you already know the stats. Roughly 70% of all organizational change initiatives fail, not only according to the Harvard Business Review, but to virtually everyone experienced in change management. In fact, some experts claim the failure rate is … Continue reading The Only Thing Constant is the Need for Change Management

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Will FSMA Rules Increase or Decrease the Number of Food Recalls?

By Linda Bryan Chief Executive Officer Tamlin Software The recent flood of food recalls has taken a pretty strong bite out of the food industry these days. Regardless of whether more and more firms are meeting safety standards or not, the number of food recalls over the last few months has been nothing short of … Continue reading Will FSMA Rules Increase or Decrease the Number of Food Recalls?