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The Future of Quality Inspections in the Food Industry is a Mobile Solution

Monday, March 3 1:55 PM - 2:35 PM
Inspections/Regulations - Taking the Risk Out of Inspections

In today’s highly competitive business environment, food companies are looking for ways to automate internal inspections and audits. Inspections and audits are important in every operation in all industries, but are vital in the food industry. Companies can ill-afford the risk of incomplete or inaccurate inspection data. What are the costs to your company from non-compliance, and exposure to financial loss when issues are undetected?

Feedback from food companies suggests that there are specific business drivers and motivators for seeking a way to automate and mobilize inspection, observation, and audit data collection, transfer, storage, and data management processes. Excessive time requirements and associated labor costs of paper based inspections is a real concern. As we talk with various food companies across the country, we find that cutting cost and saving time are both really important. Data accuracy issues resulting from illegibility and usability of the inspection data is a motivator. Legibility is an issue when high humidity, moisture, and dust are present; poor handwriting is another cause of illegibility.

Management wants an alert and notification when an inspection is out of compliance, if inspections are completed on schedule, and they want to know that there is resolution to out-of-compliance issues. There is a real concern about the environment and the high volume of paper usage, paper storage requirements, and cost of paper based inspections.

A major motivator is compliance with regulations and 3rd party certifications including OSHA, FDA, USDA, ISO, SQF, BRC, and others.

All levels and types of management want timely access to inspection records. They want to use the inspection data to initiate corrective actions, to take the appropriate steps to ensure the company is in compliance and mitigate the exposures to risk, fines from regulators, customer complaints and loss of business.

This presentation will include how a technology-based solution is used to convert paper-based systems for food safety, quality, employee safety hazard identification inspections and behavior quality observations, to a mobile electronic system.  The use of a mobile electronic system improves the accessibility and usability of inspection, observation, and audit data, while reducing cost and time requirements for data collection, transfer, and data management. It also provides accurate, timely, and reliable data for management to use in ensuring compliance with GFSI based certifications; OSHA, USDA, and FDA regulations.

Presentation Benefits

Attendees will benefit from the knowledge and experience presented in a Best Practices Case Study on how use of an advanced inspection and mobile observation system contributes to improving employee safety, food safety, and quality management.  They will learn how ConAgra Foods is converting their paper-based system for food safety, quality, employee safety hazard identification inspections, audits and behavior safety observations, to a mobile electronic system.  The use of the mobile system is improving the accessibility and usability of inspection, observation, and audit data, while reducing cost and time requirements for data collection, transfer, and data management.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will apply knowledge they gain from the session on how to implement mobile technology based solutions for performing the data collection and transfer of internal audits, inspections, and observations.
  2. Attendees will transfer knowledge and implement best practices from a case study documenting internal inspections, observations, and audits using paper based systems and mobilized electronic systems.
  3. Attendees will lead the change initiative at their company to eliminate paper from processes in the food industry.

Presenter
Jerry Van Oort, Russell Associates

American Society of Baking
7809 N Chestnut Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64119

Tel: 1.800.713.0462 | Fax: 1.888.315.2612 | info@asbe.org
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