Jump to content

  • Quick Navigation

Advertisement


Search Articles



Recent Comments


Featured Implementation Packages

Sign Up for FREE News

IFSQN Website Statistics

525
85.5K
22.9K
118.6K
Online
Members
Topics
Replies

Pinned  Managing the risks of COVID-19 in the Food Industry

Apr 01 2020 12:45 PM | Simon in Articles

At the end of 2019 as people were making their New Year’s resolutions and plans for 2020; nobody imagined the equilibrium of life would be affected so dramatically by a virus outbreak that began in Wuhan, a place in Hubei province, China.

 

What started as an epidemic in China, has now become a truly global pandemic. WHO declared it a pandemic on March 11 and so far, it has affected more than 200 countries. Currently the pandemic is still spreading and the best visual of this is presented by John Hopkins University Covid-19 dashboard, which collates information from national and international health authorities.



Read story →    0 comments    -----    Coronavirus, COVID-19

Pinned  SQF from Scratch: 2.1.4 Complaint Management

Mar 08 2020 02:39 PM | Simon in Articles

This article series is a deep dive into each individual SQF element. Not just what the code says but what’s actually being asked, how it makes our products safer, and how that element looks in practice both inside and outside the audit. Personnel new to SQF seeking implementation and those reviewing existing systems should both benefit from a methodical study of each element, and how we can truly embrace the code and share it with internal and external customers.

 

Remember, the goal is not “Audit ready 365”, it’s to know that our facility embraces globally recognized best practices to maintain food safety. Because of this, as we dive into each element, we must always remember the quality management system golden rule:

 

Never make systems to “pass audits”. Make systems that work for your company that help it make safer/higher quality products more efficiently.



Read story →    0 comments    *****    SQF, 2.1.4, Complaint Management

Pinned  SQF from Scratch: 2.1.3 Management Review

Jan 30 2020 06:45 PM | Simon in Articles

This article series is a deep dive into each individual SQF element. Not just what the code says but what’s actually being asked, how it makes our products safer, and how that element looks in practice both inside and outside the audit. Personnel new to SQF seeking implementation and those reviewing existing systems should both benefit from a methodical study of each element, and how we can truly embrace the code and share it with internal and external customers.

 

Remember, the goal is not “Audit ready 365”, it’s to know that our facility embraces globally recognized best practices to maintain food safety. Because of this, as we dive into each element, we must always remember the quality management system golden rule:

 

Never make systems to “pass audits”. Make systems that work for your company that help it make safer/higher quality products more efficiently.



Read story →    1 comments    *****    SQF, 2.1.3, management review

Pinned  Working towards smarter food safety objectives

Oct 07 2019 10:08 AM | Simon in Articles

My name is Jean-Guy Cormier, P.Eng., Lead Auditor. I am a professional engineer and a management system Lead Auditor for 30 years, the last 10 years with DNV GL Business Assurance, one of the top certification bodies in the world. As a professional auditor, I have done over a thousand audits in food safety, quality management, environmental and health and safety management system.

 

This article discusses the establishment of measurable targets to help management teams to focus their resources within the required areas and timeframes. Also, it is a platform for continuous improvement initiatives either at the plant-level or process-specific levels.

 

This article addresses three fundamental questions:

  • How and why does management establish measurable quality and food safety objectives?
  • How does management establish continuous improvement initiatives that are directly linked to measurable objectives? And
  • How and why management should establish proactive food safety objectives?
Comments are based on observations that I have collected and discussed with management teams over the years, regardless of the size and complexity of the company operations. For some, especially larger companies, with adequate knowledge, management understands the relevancy of established measurable objectives.

 

Unfortunately, too many companies still struggle because of several factors, such as lack of knowledge and understanding, not fully grasping the benefits and added value, lack of discipline and structured approach.



Read story →    5 comments    *****    objectives, SMART and 2 more...

Pinned  Ineffective Internal Audit: Underlying Causes

Sep 09 2019 02:36 PM | Simon in Articles

My name is Jean-Guy Cormier, P. Eng. Lead Auditor. I am a professional engineer providing consulting and auditing services for almost 30 years. As a professional auditor, I have done over a thousand audits against food safety, quality management, environmental and health and safety management systems. In the past 10 years, I have done over 250 FSSC audits in the food and packaging industry. I have been working as Lead Auditor for DNV GL - Business Assurance, one of the leading global certification bodies, for 10 years.

 

After so many years, one observation that continues to linger is ineffective internal audit process. Almost every audit that I have participated in, there have been findings against requirements of internal audits. Arguably, some of the underlying causes, why internal audit process is ineffective are:

  • inadequate training and ongoing professional development;
  • poor preparation;
  • poor utilization of adequate tools;
  • not having the abilities to communicate in writing and/or verbally;
  • Poor skill sets to collect samples of observations and supporting evidences.
Thus, I would like to share my views of what I have encountered. Hopefully, internal auditors can improve their auditing skill sets not only to demonstrate the effectiveness of the facility management system, but, also, identify potential gaps with strong supporting evidence and, more importantly, opportunities for improvement to strengthen the effectiveness of a management system.



Read story →    7 comments    *****    internal auditing, audit

Pinned  Behavioral Based Food Safety – An Alternative Training Methodology

Mar 21 2017 07:15 AM | Simon in Articles

Organizations spend a fortune on employee training.

 

Organizations spent an additional fortune on quality failure: customer complaints, loss of business, destruction of goods, retesting, repacking, reworking, returns, recall, etc. In most cases the loss is attributed to “the human factor”.

 

If both of the above paragraphs are true, then something very strange is going on in our workplaces. This article introduces an alternative to traditional training methods to which we have become accustomed to over the years: an effective and enjoyable alternative with measurable results.



Read story →    9 comments    *****

Outside, In: Mapping Food Processing’s Pest Hot Spots

Apr 29 2020 01:35 PM | Simon in Articles

Due to their abundance of food, shelter and water, food processing facilities are an ideal place for pests to live and breed. Unfortunately, the presence of pests in your facility threatens the safety and quality of your product. These pesky intruders can slow your operations by contaminating food, causing equipment damage and potential disease transmission.

 

Knowing your site’s pest hot spots and taking a proactive approach to pest management can help prevent pests from chewing away at your reputation and bottom line.

 

An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is one of the most effective ways to be proactive with your program. Not only does this help defend the facility against pests, an IPM approach ensures you are meeting essential government, industry and audit requirements. Knowing the hot spots and responding appropriately around your facility is critical to pest prevention.



Read story →    0 comments    -----    pest management, pest control and 3 more...

How Rodents are Threatening Your Food Safety Procedures

Aug 05 2019 06:28 PM | Simon in Articles

Twenty percent of the world’s food supply is believed to be contaminated by rodents. These pests can carry various pathogens around facilities and can even transmit harmful diseases. Rodents are known to cause severe property damage with their strong jaws and burrowing skills. Unfortunately, food processing facilities offer the ideal habitat for rodents with access to food and water sources, potential entry points and hiding places.



Read story →    1 comments    -----    pest managment, rodent control

SQF from Scratch: 2.1.2 Management Responsibility

Jan 12 2020 06:15 PM | Simon in Articles

This article series is a deep dive into each individual SQF element. Not just what the code says but what’s actually being asked, how it makes our products safer, and how that element looks in practice both inside and outside the audit. Personnel new to SQF seeking implementation and those reviewing existing systems should both benefit from a methodical study of each element, and how we can truly embrace the code and share it with internal and external customers.



Read story →    4 comments    *****    SQF, 2.1.2 and 1 more...
EV SSL Certificate