All food manufacturers are subject to intensive food safety rules, regulations and requirements. So are suppliers, packagers, storage providers and logistics partners. Essentially, if your company produces or touches food products at almost any stage, you face oversight by multiple state, federal and international food safety organizations, in addition to the demands from your customers and consumers.
As a food manufacturer, you are the expert in your industry, and you know your product better than anyone. At Missouri Enterprise, we are experts in management systems, and we have the skills to help you achieve and maintain the food safety compliance and certifications your company needs to succeed and grow profitably.
Managing Food Safety
Establishing and maintaining food safety management programs must be a critical part of your operations and the way you do business. It’s an ongoing process, an integral part of your everyday operations and it should be a part of your company culture. The experts at Missouri Enterprise are uniquely qualified to help.
For larger food manufacturers we can be outside eyes and help enhance and improve food safety management systems. Smaller manufacturers and suppliers in the food industry can benefit from our expertise in establishing and implementing the management systems needed to achieve required food safety compliance and certifications.
Requirements and Demands
The list of compliance requirements that protect the food chain from farm to table is extensive. Many large retailers and multinational food manufacturers are demanding their suppliers are certified to a GFSI recognized standard, making it a “must” to do business with them. Federal law mandates FSMA compliance, including HACCP and HARPC. IFS, FSSC 22000, SQF…all are important standards that challenge food manufacturers to get it right.
Companies doing international business also have BRC as well as other rules and regulations with which to contend. Most importantly, food producers must meet the demands and expectations of consumers, where failures in food safety management can spell disaster.
- HACCP(Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points
- HARPC(Hazard Analysis & Risk-Based Preventive Control)
- GFSI(Global Food Safety Initiative)
- FSMA(Food Safety Modernization Act)
- BRC(British Retail Consortium)
- SQF(Safe Quality Food)
- FSSC(Food Safety System Certification)
- FDA(Food & Drug Administration)
- USDA(U.S. Department of Agriculture)
- Customer Specific Requirements
Opportunity for Growth
Meeting customer demands and the array of food safety standards can be an intimidating challenge, even for larger companies with dedicated internal resources. For smaller food manufacturers, the challenge is even greater.
But to survive and grow profitably, companies must implement and manage effective food safety strategies. Food manufacturers that achieve the highest levels of compliance and key certifications expand their potential customer base and have the greatest opportunity for growth.
HACCP vs. HARPC
The rules are changing, and food manufacturers need to know. In 2013, the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) introduced HARPC to address unintentional hazards that can occur at food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or store human food. Unlike HACCP which applies primarily to seafood, meat, poultry and juice producers, HARPC covers the entire food chain including owners and operators of food production, packaging, transportation and storage facilities, all of whom now hold responsibility for establishing and implementing a cross-functional HARPC plan. Missouri Enterprise has the expertise to guide you through HACCP, HARPC and more.
Certified Expertise from Missouri Enterprise
To help our Missouri manufacturers survive and prosper through the ever changing world of food safety, the Missouri Enterprise project management team has undergone extensive training in the various food safety initiatives, laws and programs that are critical to maintaining safety in food processing and handling. We have HACCP Certified experts on staff, and an extensive knowledge base to help your company prepare for the critical food safety certifications that will help you grow your business profitably.
To learn how your company can take the steps necessary to achieve important food safety certifications, and how to develop and implement the management systems your company needs to effectively manage food safety now and into the future, contact your Area Business Manager.