Using Mobile Software: Food Safety in the Palm of Your Hand

This article was originally posted in Food Manufacturing magazine. You can read the full article here: http://www.foodmanufacturing.com/article/2016/01/using-mobile-software-food-safety-palm-your-hand

News about food safety seems to be everywhere lately. Every day, there’s a story about a salmonella outbreak or a company having to recall products due to possible contamination. In 2015, there were 420 recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts for food products according to the FDA. Why is this the case?

Chances are, if you visit a food manufacturing plant, you’ll see two different worlds. The plant floor will be almost fully automatic and have state-of-the-art machinery with minimal manual work involved. Yet, in the offices upstairs, people will be using pen and paper checklists, forms and log books to manually manage food quality, safety and regulatory operations.

Food manufacturers are able to keep track of how much food is produced with incredible detail, but they’re unable to track their performance in meeting regulatory requirements.

So how can manufacturers improve their food safety and compliance operations? By using food safety technology — particularly mobile software tools — to improve their processes.

Modern software tools can help food manufacturers of all sizes effectively manage time-consuming tasks around food safety and compliance — from digitizing audit logs for analysis to creating automated filings for supply chain partners. So as a food manufacturer, consider using modern software tools to help you do what you do best: make safe, great-tasting food that your customers love.