Craft a Culture that Values Food Safety From the C-Suite to the Production Line
November 30, 2022
In recent years, the meaning of food safety has changed for many companies. It has grown from a team of professionals in charge of keeping a product safe to an ethos that defines how companies operate. In this exclusive eBook, we help move that conversation forward with industry-leading content that is both descriptive and prescriptive, helping you create a company culture that places safety at the heart of everything you do.
Panelists Michele Fontanot (Professional Service Manager, 3M Latin America), Paola Lopez (QA Manager, Sigma), and Lone Jespersen, Ph.D. (Cultivate, Switzerland), identified three prominent features around food safety culture in Latin America region: a culture of caring, empowerment, and authentic food safety culture being a competitive advantage.
The Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association's Industry Handbook for Safe Processing of Nuts is an industry-wide reference tool for training, development, and operations in any facility that handles nuts at any point in the supply chain. The latest edition includes an update to theFood Fraud section and the addition of two new sections: Food Safety Cultureand Traceability.
During National Food Safety Month 2022, the experts at ServSafe, alongside the National Restaurant Association, will curate free content for the restaurant industry with a focus on “Food Safety at Every Level.”
Panelists Christian Blyth (Pathogen Specialist, 3M Canada), Marie Tanner (Senior Vice President of Quality, Dairy Farmers of America), and Lone Jespersen, Ph.D. (Cultivate SA) discuss three features that are prominent in North America's food safety culture: diversity of thought, proactive risk-based approach, and high adaptability.
To lead from the local level for food safety, top executives must empower and authorize leaders to solve issues like food safety culture. The technical food safety team is best situated for this task. To build a sustainable food safety culture, it is essential to start with shifting and building the mindset of the technical leadership and honoring the well-being of this team.
With the COVID-19 pandemic (hopefully) solidly in the rearview mirror, we wanted to find out what projects and initiatives food companies are focusing on for the rest of this year and into 2023. We heard from more than 200 food processors in every major category. They reported a wide-ranging wish list of projects and priorities, with improving their food safety culture, more training, improving their supply chain management (especially with their foreign suppliers), and improving their sanitation and environmental monitoring programs at the top of the list.