The Future of Food Safety Is Now
The future of food safety is constantly evolving, as evidenced by the challenging events of the past two years that required the rapid adoption of enhanced safety protocols within every industry as well as our daily lives. As we enter our third year of the global pandemic, health and safety will continue to be a primary focus in every aspect of the food industry. Here are three of the biggest food safety trends we anticipate will dominate the industry in 2022.
- Enhanced HACCP and Food Defense Plans: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a preventive food safety strategy that is mandated by U.S. Federal regulations issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for seafood and juice and by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for meat and poultry. HACCP offers a systematic approach to the identification and assessment of the risk of hazards from a particular food or food production process or practice and the control of those hazards that are reasonably likely to occur. Your facility’s HACCP plan is an extension of the larger food safety program, designed to identify points of potential biological, chemical, and physical hazards within the chain of production and mitigate them through established safety and security protocols. Read more about food safety and food defense programs here.
- Increased Focus on Automation: Automated processes can make sense for many simple, repetitive tasks. Automated processes help identify problems for quick isolation and resolution before the next phase of production. Quick resolution of potential problems increases the level of food safety and quality control, making automation an essential element in the future of food safety. Automated processes are also one of the most effective ways to improve efficiency and reduce waste in the food industry. Employees can also benefit from automation, because it frees up time to focus on other aspects of the business that cannot be automated. Automation also enhances the traceability of products and ingredients as they enter the supply chain, reducing the risk for human error and contaminants that could potentially trigger a costly recall. Given the growing labor shortages, automation may provide some relief to both staff and management while helping to keep production open and operating safely, effectively, and efficiently.
- Review and Revision of Internal Health and Safety Regulations: As competition within the already highly competitive industry continues to intensify, looking for ways to improve processes at every point in the supply chain makes solid sense. Food safety trends predict that many companies will be conducting a thorough review of existing health and safety standards to remain competitive. Growing pressure from retailers and food service companies is rapidly moving towards requiring entire supply chains to become GFSI certified. SQF is just one of those GFSI Certifications. The future of food safety is centered on upgrading facility certifications beyond cGMP, thus gaining an edge over competition and in the marketplace. With the majority of consumers focused on safety, quality and transparency and so many companies asking their suppliers for GFSI audits, becoming SQF Certified can actually increase business for companies choosing to implement advanced safety certifications.
These are just a few of the food safety trends that will define 2022 and the future of food safety. Not sure where to begin? Take a fresh look at ASI. Our company offers certifications, audits, training and consulting solutions for a wide variety of food safety issues to help achieve your desired food safety goals. Our food safety consulting professionals are highly-experienced industry experts that can provide your company the knowledge it needs to meet regulatory, industry, and customer requirements. Get in touch today.