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Food Safety Management Systems

Food Safety Management Systems

Designing and implementing a compliant Food Safety Management System (FSMS) can help organizations improve in many areas beyond the system’s defined tasks. It is critical for management to align the food safety objectives with the business needs for a successful and meaningful program implementation.

Framework for Compliance

An FSMS is the framework that enables companies to achieve their food safety, operational, and management objectives. It forms the basis for continual business improvement and is the key to any successful enterprise risk management program. Kestrel Tellevate assesses, designs, implements, and refines aligned management systems–including food, safety, environment, and quality–through best practice audit/corrective action and risk assessment.

Specific FSMS-related services to the food industry include:

  • Integrated food safety management programs (regulatory, GFSI, HACCP, supplier, quality, internal controls)
  • FSMS development and implementation (FSSC22000, BRC, IFS, SQF)
  • EHS programs
  • Process improvement
  • Operational risk management
  • Food-compliant ERP systems
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Organizational development
  • Training & development
  • Assessment-based gap analysis
  • Prerequisite, operating & GMP procedures & work instructions
  • Risk assessments & loss prevention
  • Organizational change
  • Focused project management

Top Reasons to Develop & Implement an FSMS

  1. Identify and categorize the organization’s food safety risks.
  2. Develop work instructions and/or procedures to guide employees’ actions and to ensure that each food safety task is completed in a disciplined manner and approved by management.
  3. Assure management that they, in fact, know and understand the regulatory food safety requirements that must be met daily.
  4. Develop meaningful goals and objectives that drive food safety performance improvements and possibly reduce additional costs.
  5. Create a strong training and educational program that stems from well-written procedures and work instructions and that clearly defines the company’s requirements.
  6. Develop appropriate monitoring and measurement practices.
  7. Verify the FSMS is functioning as designed and implemented.
  8. Monitor and trend issues of concern and/or non-conformance and the actions used to rectify them through a fully functioning corrective/preventive action program.
  9. Evaluate the business model and the FSMS in a holistic fashion.
  10. Know that the company has done everything to maintain the business in a manner that meets all food safety rules and regulations.

Read more in the complete article about the Top Reasons to Pursue an FSMS.