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Integrating HACCP and SPC – Revisiting the Classic

FoodSafetyTech is now live. Rick Biros and his crew at Innovative Publishing have put together what promises to be an interesting and useful food safety/quality virtual magazine and associated conferences. John and I are contributors and in addition to new material, we are reposting early articles of ours that we think are milestones in developing the thought process for process based food safety and quality.

The first classic is a study, “Integrating HACCP and SPC” we initially published in Food Quality Magazine, May 1998 with another version published as Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service EB 152, September 1998. The line of thinking developed in this study has had a significant impact on the development of modern Food Safety Management Systems. John Surak has long been a strong proponent of the role process management in food safety management systems. This is reflected in his contributions to the ISO 22000 standard.

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Analyze the Audits for Better Compliance

Swabbing floor drainJohn Surak gave his webinar, “Applying Process-based Analytics to Audit Results for Process Management and Improvement” yesterday. The recorded presentation is now available for you   and the slide deck is available at SlideShare

An important takeaway is that using analytics on the audit findings and applying the results to your continuous improvement program is an excellent way to strengthen your FSMS. This implies better performance on subsequent audits and improved compliance with GFSI and ISO 22000 standards.

The Skills Needed for Continuous Improvement

Cristian Matei, Global Operational Business Improvement Manager, Alstom Power, a global power generation company headquartered in Switzerland is interviewed by the PEX Network (Process Excellence Network). Matei speaks about the skills required to drive continuous improvement and the need to develop a global view in addition to focus on individual projects.

His call for common understanding of processes throughout the organization speaks to the necessity of distributed manufacturing intelligence provided by systems such as NWA Quality Analytics Server.


Process Control Verification – Making Sure Your FSMS is Working

Rick Stier and John Surak have published “Process Control Verification – Making Sure Your Food Safety Management System is Working” in the April/May 2010 issue of Food Safety Magazine. The article explains the elements and process of FSMS verification.

“Principle 6, Verification, as defined in the harmonized Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles from Codex Alimentarius[1] and the National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF),[2,3] may be the most complicated HACCP principle. From audits that we have conducted, this is the one principle that many companies do not quite seem to grasp. Significant gaps in food safety management systems (FSMS) are often found when one examines how different processors define verification activities even among companies with “certified” HACCP plans. ”
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GFSI Management Systems – What They Mean For Your Operations and Your Business

On Monday , February 22, I presented GFSI Management Systems –
What They Mean For Your Operations and Your Business
at the technical sessions attached to the Oregon IFT FIX (Food Ingredients Expo).
GFSI & Your Plant Operations

Peanut recall monitoring

FDA Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak 2009. Flash Player 9 is required.

The FDA has created a widget to give anyone access to the PCA recall information. A nice example of what can be done with web based alerting.

“Practice What We Preach”, Food Safety Magazine, April/May 2008

burger-steerJohn Surak and I described making the “Feast or Famine” series television application profile of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service supply chain safety and quality management for ground beef purchased for the National School Lunch Program in the Food Safety article:



Telling the story of a food supply chain safety and quality success. A television application profile of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service supply chain safety and quality management for ground beef purchased for the National School Lunch Program.


The real achievements in food safety often get lost in the news chatter as we have seen in the very public recalls during the last year. Such commentary frequently feeds the calls for rushed (if not panicked) and simplistic actions which we know will not solve the underlying problems which produce food safety problems.


From ground beef to spinach we have seen the huge downside of food safety and quality failures. Part of the risk is that the industry now depends on many vendors in extended supply chains.  Simultaneously with managing their supply chain, food processors face the challenge of maximizing food safety while reducing costs and improving yields.  What examples can we provide of industry success?


One of our missions as food industry professionals is to persuasively present the best practices in food safety and quality management and improvement to the various stakeholders publics including:

  • Food safety and quality professionals
  • The food industry
  • The government
  • The public

From this we should be able to influence the development of industrial and public policy that reflects the best of what we have learned in our work…


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