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Top 10 Considerations for Building a Robust Food Safety Management System

Vel Pillay, Manager Food Safety Programs – LRQA Americas

Old Habits Die Hard
There is still a belief amongst some managers in the food industry that an organization only needs a robust HACCP program to control food-borne hazards and manage risks, and that the HACCP program owner is the Quality Assurance (QA) department.

Casting our minds back 10 years ago, food safety professionals (who were commonly referred to as ‘HACCP coordinators’) remember the days when the HACCP program was a QA department initiative with support, but no commitment, from division managers, and when communication of management of change was on a need-to-know basis. Instances where procurement made deals with new suppliers and where engineering worked with production to acquire and install new equipment without involving the QA department were not uncommon.

I recall a situation where increased capacity was required because of a promotion launched by marketing. The production and engineering divisions installed an additional cooking kettle to the current Clean-In-Place (CIP) system. The flow rate during cleaning was not taken into account, and validation of the system was not performed as a result of excluding QA from the team ...


Safer Food Supply Chains
A Revolution in Food Safety Assessments

Vel Pillay, Food Safety Program Manager – Americas, LRQA; and Cor Groenveld Global Food Product Manager of LRQA and chairman of the Foundation for Food Safety Certification.

A revolution in the way the food manufacturing sector is regulated and assessed is ushering in a new era of food safety
A whole new approach to risk management and quality assurance is contained within FSSC 22000. Gone are the days of the tick box approach, and the single snapshot in time. Under FSSC 22000, the whole network of interacting processes will be assessed and monitored.

In this article, we look at how this will change the food manufacturing sector, and how it will benefit all concerned. This process-based approach does not just mean safer food for consumers; it will also lead to:

  • business and performance improvements
  • reduced risk
  • better protection for corporate reputations
  • lower costs

Consumers are increasingly concerned about the safety of their food supply
They're looking at what they eat and asking searching questions. They want reassurance. They are alarmed at some of the mistakes that have been made, and confidence in the integrity of food supplies is at an all time low.

According to an IBM Consumer Confidence Survey, 80% of con ...


Committing to a Food Safety Culture
Educating Employees and Transforming the Individual

Vel Pillay, Food Safety Program Manager - Americas, LRQA

Introduction: The Unconfident Reality
Safe food is front and center of everyone’s mind. Consumers want reassurance, organizations are worried about brand reputation and shareholder value, and governments lack sufficient resources to thoroughly inspect every morsel of the food supply chain. Subsequently, the media ensures that every incident and outbreak is reported as front page news.

The industry has come a long way in its practices to ensure that the supply of food is safe, and organizations like the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) have been instrumental in promulgating and benchmarking food safety programs to ensure consistent application. However, E.Coli and salmonella have become common household words, and the number of food recalls continues to grow year-on-year. More needs to be done to gain confidence and trust in the supply chain.

This article looks at how a culture-based approach to educating and training employees will help change this landscape.

Transforming good people
Let’s not recreate the wheel. Leading quality expert and author Edward Deming helped revolutionize the way businesses operate a ...


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