The technology replaces paper-and-pencil audits with data gathered by handheld computers that upload data to a secure database. FMI then has instant access to real-time data, greater analysis and the capability to quickly identify trends in supplier food safety and quality performance. The software is also equipped to track in detail corrective actions taken by suppliers to solve food safety problems or upgrade quality.
In addition, FMI is encouraging its independent certification bodies to adopt the use of the same software, a move that could mean the entire industry might soon be communicating via this streamlined, accurate and efficient technology.
Key to making the transition effective is the selection of software that can be customized to your unique auditing processes and reporting needs. After all, you know your business best. It only makes sense to choose software that can be easily integrated into current processes and procedures, making it unnecessary to revamp existing auditing systems. –FQ
Mark Beatty is marketing communications manager for Steton (St. George, Utah). He can be reached at 453-656-5655, ext 4107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.