Where best practices start
- Don’t look behind to see what competitors are following you; keep going forward relentlessly.
- Adopt all regulatory standards (FDA, USDA, ISO, etc.) and invite the inspectors to hang around.
- Take on each and every quality aspect of the business and embrace them all.
- Welcome outsiders to tell you what you’re doing wrong.
- Have a ten-year plan going forward with a no-exit strategy.
- Keep all employees up to speed on the company’s progress. A smart workforce is a key best practices strategy.
- Have the right software tools keyed to your business.
Equipment solutions should work together
MES vs. ERP
Sidebar 1: What is ISO 22000?
- plan, implement, operate, maintain and update a food safety management system aimed at providing products that, according to their intended use, are safe for the consumer,
- demonstrate compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory food safety requirements,
- evaluate and assess customer requirements and demonstrate conformity with those mutually agreed customer requirements that relate to food safety, in order to enhance customer satisfaction,
- effectively communicate food safety issues to suppliers, customers and relevant interested parties in the food chain,
- ensure that the organization conforms to its stated food safety policy,
- demonstrate such conformity to relevant interested parties, and
- seek certification or registration of its food safety management system by an external organization, or make a self-assessment or self-declaration of conformity to ISO 22000:2005.