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4 Solutions for Common Food Processing Challenges

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Food processing facilities have the dual requirement of being fast and efficient, but also of operating at high standards of safety and hygiene. In trying to meet these needs, facility owners face a number of challenges. Unresolved problems in the food supply chain can lead to public health hazards and even put a facility out of business. Maintaining efficiency and safety requires careful planning and attention to detail. Thankfully, for every common food processing challenge, there is a solution. This article will take a look at four of them and discuss how to solve them.

Incorporate Food Safety Technology

Every food production company should have a food safety plan. Each plan should be product-specific. Do not attempt to apply a generic plan, because a poultry packing plant cannot function on the same basis as, say, a fruit and vegetable distribution facility. Implementing this plan involves the integration of suitable technology. 

Processing equipment should always be chosen and installed in line with your food safety plan. Make sure that you choose the right technology, and that it can be safely cleaned and maintained regularly, and that it is suitable for the processing of your specific foodstuffs. HS Innovations provides turnkey solutions specifically for use in the poultry industry, as well as in other food production facilities. These include everything from vacuum hoses, to lube systems, and cleaning and washdown machines. Speak to an expert about exactly what technology solutions you need for your facility.

Food Production Policy for Employees

For food production plants, adhering to strict policies and training regimens should be non-negotiable. Before a worker enters the business and takes up a position on the production line, they should be thoroughly educated on what is required to maintain safe and efficient output. Training programs must cover food safety practices and the importance of these programs must always be reinforced. A strong food safety culture must be instituted and maintained at all times. All workers must receive training that is specific to their particular position, so that food safety can be assured at all points of the production line.

Food Quality Control Standards

Each business must institute and enforce a rigorous set of food quality control standards. These standards must be taught in the company’s training programs, and reminders of what they entail should always be visible and accessible to all workers. These standards are best designed with HACCP(Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) plans as their driving principles. 

HACCP plans help your team identify potential biological and chemical hazards, and pinpoint the exact places at which they are most likely to occur. They then provide ways to reduce and react to these hazards so that safety can be assured. FSMA plans are much the same as HACCP plans, but they include additional regulations and are generally more comprehensive.

Food Supply Chain Management

The management of the supply chain, and the implementation and maintenance of a strong food safety culture, are ultimately the responsibility of management. Company leaders need to establish and maintain this culture with a view to developing uncompromised food safety and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Expertly designed and built food safety technology is essential to creating effective and sustainable solutions to food processing challenges. HS Innovations is dedicated to engineering these solutions for a variety of businesses throughout the food industry. We have over 90 years of experience and we are committed to providing best-in-class products for our clients. Contact us for more information.

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