June 2018

What Does a Food Safety Plan Really Consist Of?

6/22/2018 By: John Spillson In 2011 President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law, bringing about the most sweeping changes the food safety industry has seen in 70 years. This introduced the Food Safety Plan (FSP), which is the primary document that guides your Preventive Controls Food Safety System. While the ‘why’ of the FSMA has been publicized quite extensively, not as much has been explained about the ‘who,’ ‘what,’ ‘how’ and ‘when.’ To answer these questions, we must first start with ‘what’ it is in order to understand ‘who’ should be involved and ‘how’ to comply, as well as ‘why’ you’d want to.


Stop Risk Before Risk Stops You: 5 Steps to Effective Risk Management

6/15/2018 By: Roger Tomlinson All successful project managers have one crucial ability in common, which ensures their projects never get derailed or end in disaster: effective risk management. This essential aspect of managing projects involves identifying, assessing and responding to potential project risks. Mastering risk management can improve your project management skills overall by guaranteeing your project is delivered on time and on budget, every time. Looking to take your project management skills to the next level? Start with understanding project risks.


There's Nothing Artificial About This Intelligence: How to Get the Facts You Need to Know

6/8/2018 By: Shelly Stobierski While “artificial intelligence” is a trendy buzz term in manufacturing today, there’s another type of intelligence that offers you a valuable strategic advantage: competitive intelligence. This method of market research is based on using tactics to continuously monitor the market and gather information to help your company keep up with the latest innovations, trends, competitor news, potential customers and a wide range of information that is meaningful to your operation.


How Football Can Help with Auditing a Process-Based QMS

6/1/2018 By: Andy Nichols An important requirement of ISO 9001 (and its “cousins,” AS9100 and IATF 16949) deals with internal quality management audits. One purpose of this internal audit program is to look at the processes within the quality management system. Common questions that internal auditors raise during this practice include, “How do I audit a process?” “Which processes should I start with?” and “How will I know if the process is effective?” Starting at a very basic level, a process can be defined as “activities that transform inputs into outputs.