Too many times the status quo is simply accepted, not audited. In the food safety world, manual-paper based recording methods have been the norm for years.
While cases of foodborne illnesses continue to rise and the FDA continues its stringent enforcement of FSMA, it is paramount we understand the importance that food safety technology will continue to play in protecting our nation’s food chain.
Organizations, like people, aren’t always open to change; generally adopting the “we’ve always done it this way” approach. Sure, they have, but is it effective? I used to always take my ex to the same restaurant – she wasn’t hungry after – but was she still miserable? Absolutely. So admittedly I’ve been guilty of this approach in the past, as well.
Too many times the status quo is simply accepted, not audited. In the food safety world, manual-paper based recording methods have been the norm for years. So now is time to Break the Pencil and say hello to the future.
The introduction of FSMA has complicated traditional food safety practice while simultaneously making it more demanding. The goal, of course, is to implement preventative measures to combat food borne illness rather than reactive ones.
The FDA now requires two full historical years of accurate HACCP records. Additionally, business owners are expected to be able to produce said records at a moment’s notice if or when called upon. If you’re anything like me – God Bless your soul – you may have trouble finding an email you printed in the morning by noon, so organization is a major factor. Sifting through boxes of daily, monthly, and even yearly paper-based records is time consuming and inefficient. Not only are these methods antiquated, but they invite recording errors and allow for tasks to go incomplete. So why do businesses continue to do so? That’s right, because “we’ve always done it this way.”
If you can’t see how impractical that is you’re either very stubborn or just my ex trying to defy me. That’s fine, I’m used to it.
But wouldn’t it be easier to automatically store and retrieve records from a cloud-based, all-in-one digital solution? Absolutely. That’s because SureCheck Technology allows users to easily and quickly access data for faultless audit trails and compliance reporting.
So I encourage you to be open-minded and educate yourself on the efficiencies of food safety technology and how impactful it would be for your business and consumer.