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The Most Important Advantages of Food Management System

Food and Beverages | Friday, December 31, 2021

The primary objective of developing a food management system is to ensure the quality and safety of food products before customer consumption. Above all, a food management system assists operators in adhering to FDA-mandated rules.

FREMONT, CA: Food management is a complex activity that encompasses the monitoring of food harvesting, preparation, display, and conservation.

The food industry requires a diverse workforce of workers, inspectors, and managers to oversee every aspect of the process and ensure that each item is healthy, safe to eat, and high quality. Additionally, the process must be continuously monitored to comply with local and FDA standards.

Food management's primary objective is to ensure that each item provided to restaurants, supermarkets, and companies is high quality and meets safety regulations.

As part of this critical job, food inspectors must ensure that preparation areas are sterilized and free of contamination and that all packed foods are correctly maintained at the proper temperatures during transportation.

Software solutions have enabled operators to streamline and automate these processes throughout the supply chain.

Some primary advantages of implementing a food management system are as follows:

Navigate Difficult Rules

Violations of food safety regulations are no longer considered minor infractions. Processors must adhere to many complex requirements to remain open and avoid penalties, including the Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA.

The FSMA is gradually altering the United States' food safety system by emphasizing prevention rather than responding to foodborne illnesses. The FSMA is composed of six critical rules, including the following:

• Preventative Control Rule: Each food facility must identify any known physical hazards associated with food and then specify the preventative controls necessary to limit those risks.
• Produce Safety Rule: Establishes scientifically sound requirements for the safe cultivation, harvesting, packaging, and storage of food items. Additionally, farmers must prevent contamination through water quality tests and other measures.
• Rule establishing a Foreign Supplier Verification Program: Food suppliers must verify that international suppliers adhere to FDA-mandated regulations.
• Accredited Third-Party Certification Rule: Establishes an optional accreditation program for third-party certification businesses performing safety audits.
• Sanitary Transportation Rule: Establishes new obligations for all parties involved in logistics to ensure food safety standards and protection.
• Intentional Adulteration Rule: Requires facilities to develop a written Food Defense Plan outlining tactics for dealing with vulnerabilities within a food processing plant.

Since these intricate and detailed standards apply solely to specific facilities/processors, navigating them can be pretty tricky.

Operators have adapted by using an automated, optimized software system that collects real-time data, automates inventory management and logistics, and ensures compliance.

Additionally, a software solution can assist in identifying safety concerns before food items reach the customer, ensuring compliance and preventing a potential outbreak.

Surveillance of Food Data to Assist in Risk Mitigation

Food management requires constant monitoring of food temperatures, packaging, and humidity levels. Operators must adhere to rules, ensure customer satisfaction, and prevent contamination by ensuring food is adequately stored and transported at the proper temperature.

Before the emergence of modern technological systems, many operators were forced to rely on transporters and suppliers to do a good job.

Nowadays, technology solutions include software, integrated temperature monitoring equipment, and mobile tablets to capture and store critical real-time food data from any place.

These technology systems enable operators to streamline logistics, ensure suppliers adhere to safety regulations, and better understand their supply chain and processing facilities. RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, is a relatively new data collection method that uses low-power radio waves to identify food items.

This enables operators to keep track of food inventories and ease the process of reordering.

Over time, utilizing these techniques contributes to cost savings by minimizing over-ordering, spoilage, and food waste.

Additionally, it holds everyone accountable by requiring personnel to visit the RFID tag's position and check its temperature. This helps avoid erroneous temperature readings, guessing, fraud, and spoiling.

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