Using QMS Software to Tame the Complexity of Food Regulations

Not many safety failures hit the headlines quite the way those in the food industry do. With high-profile incidents like the 2013 horse meat scandal in the EU, the listeria contamination at Maple Leaf Foods in 2008, and the seemingly constant cadence of recalls involving leafy greens, food safety failures have the potential to create foodborne illnesses that cause serious harm to human health and significant financial damage to the organizations at the heart of them.

Global supply chains for food products have only increased the complexity of the compliance requirements for food safety. Organizations in the international marketplace must consider standards and frameworks such as ISO 22000:2018, FSSC 22000, ISO 9001:2015, HAACP (Hazard Analysis and Control Points), and the many voluntary standards of Codex Alimentarius, as well as overseers such as GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and SQFI (Safe Quality Food Institute). In addition, many retailers, such as Tesco and McDonald’s, have a proprietary FSMS (Food Safety Management System) for the retailers and suppliers in their supply chains. To meet all these requirements, many organizations engage in MFSMS (Multiple Food Safety Management Systems), which can lead to duplicated process and documentation, as well as considerable time and effort dedicated simply to auditing.

To meet these complex requirements, organizations in the food and beverage industry must move to software-based quality management systems (QMS) for such tasks as document control and audit management. In this Insight Report, you’ll learn how a software-based QMS can help you:

  • automate analytics and reporting
  • support quality plans, testing documentation, and audit and inspection checklists
  • automatically assign and schedule corrective and preventative actions (CAPA) resulting from complaints, and
  • centralize audit information across departments to facilitate certification.


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