Food safety challenges facing the industry in 2018

As we come into 2018 we will find we are coming across much of the same challenges as well as facing some new bumps in the ground. The question is, how do we overcome these and work around them?

New technologies

Storing our information is vital to ensuring our food safety data is valid and ready for any audits, whether they are unannounced or not. Yes, a lot of the time looking for digital alternatives can mean that it’s a big investment in time and financial resource, however it doesn’t have to be. When you calculate the risks that the new technology could rule out and the impact this will have on production downtime by filling in spreadsheets you will find huge benefit. For example, our dataloggers you can transfer your temperature monitoring information to your desktop – whether that be via WiFi or USB. By using equipment such as this your data is precise, up-to-date, as well as this you’ll be ready for any situation.
Utilising new technologies is a highly efficient way to battle the constant strain of data capturing. 


The FSA carry out inspections on a regular basis and on top of this they will update their guidelines accordingly. This then means there is a knock-on effect and gives the daily challenge of staying compliant and deliver healthy, safe and affordable food to our consumers. With the regulations needing a quick response business need to ensure that their equipment is of the highest standard.
Our team are constantly checking our equipment to make sure it is going to provide the latest food safety needs for our customers. For example, having colour coded shadow boards and equipment will enhance and simplify your processes meaning that you will in turn meet the requirements from the FSA.
You will already know about unannounced audits and you will know that you should always be prepared to expect the unexpected and frequently self-audit. It’s all about knowing your site inside-out and see any potential issues that could come out of an audit so that you can resolve them before an inspection is likely to occur.

Producing larger batches

With there being a need to produce in bulk and as your company grows, you will need to scale up! Congratulations if this is you as you’re on the right path and that is not something to be concerned about, obviously. However, what you do need to consider is how this is going to work. You will need to increase your quantity but not loose your quality or drop your food safety standards!
Having your staff understand processes is a key factor to making food safety compliance work – for more information on how to include your staff into your food safety plans see our blog post.

With these three challenges in your mind, you can come up with solutions and prepare to succeed. After all, failing to plan is planning to fail. If you would like any assistance with food safety regulations and finding the right equipment for the job, our team are experienced and willing to help.

Posted on 15/02/2018