For instance, a food producer in Europe used traceability to better understand the effect a raw material had on its product. Although the shipping temperature fell within the specification, traceability revealed that a variation in the shipping temperature of the raw material had an ill effect on its finished product. By focusing on this parameter and working with the raw material supplier, the producer was able to tighten controls and improve product safety.
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Technology is a critical enabler for tighter controls to help safeguard processes and prevent quality issues.
The Power of Integration
With prevention as the goal, these five critical software capabilities discussed play a distinct role in minimizing food safety risk, becoming exponentially more powerful when all are leveraged. The use of these important technologies provides a more holistic view of the factors that impact food safety. They allow manufacturers to shift to that critical proactive mode, giving them the insight, consistency, and transparency needed to identify and address potential food safety issues while products are still within the factory walls.
Technology is a critical enabler for tighter controls to help safeguard processes and prevent quality issues—increasing consumer confidence and protecting the brand.
Moore is the global industry manager, food and beverage, at GE Intelligent Platforms. She can be reached at email@example.com.