Consumers demand a higher level of food safety, transparency and product and supplier integrity. Part of improving these standards requires that we take an end-to-end view of the supply chain and consider the elements vital to supply chain management. NSF International, providing certification to GFSI benchmarked standards in 66 countries, can provide the innovation, integrity and insight for managing your supply chain.

1. Innovation

Managing a supply chain is no easy task; they are often complex and interwoven structures. Embedding quality and compliance in supply chains can also prove challenging; for example, a simple frozen pizza can contain 35 ingredients from 60 countries.

As food safety experts, NSF International understands these complexities and has created TraQtion (pronounced traction) – a high quality compliance software that enables you to track supplier, product and individual site compliance. Advanced dashboards provide a visual overview of a company’s quality and compliance program and allow taking full control and mitigating supply chain risks. It allows transparency across geographies and sectors, and provides alerts with a holistic view of the potential risk and suggested actions in your supply chain.

This cloud-based solution offers a readily assessable and accurate view of compliance throughout your entire supply chain. As a single repository for all documentation it allows for ease of prioritization and focus of risk management resources to assist in meeting all GFSI benchmarked standards and FSMA requirements.

“We have thousands of suppliers undergoing food safety audits and we had no control over the data,” said Christine Summers, Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Costco Wholesale. “We wanted a more intuitive software solution for our suppliers and us so we could control the flow and integrity of the data.”

2. Integrity

Integrity should be woven throughout your business and there are a number of ways to enhance integrity. Where do you stand with responsible sourcing for example? Do you know the supply chain journey that your final, branded product takes? If not, you might need to look back along the supply chain for evidence. Consider ethical issues, such as animal or worker welfare, product adulteration through to economic or malicious food fraud or even the sustainable use of scarce resources. NSF International can assist with this journey, increasing resilience and therefore unlocking shared value in the supply chain.

When it comes to food safety auditing, NSF International uses state-of-the-art technology to train and calibrate the consistency of its auditors. A new portal system allows management of auditors throughout the business, monitoring KPIs, availability, training needs and expertise levels ensuring consistency and improved delivery of services.

With the issue of food fraud, NSF International provides services that go far beyond traditional barcoding technology. NSF AuthenTechnologies® (www.authentechnologies.com) offers next-generation DNA species identification services that improve the authenticity, safety and quality of natural products, including dietary supplements, foods and other consumer products. NSF AuthenTechnologies® employs specific methods developed for authentication of thousands of plant, animal, fungal and bacterial species, which are capable of detecting even trace amounts of low quality and fragmentary DNA in a wide range of products, including finished dietary supplements, foods, and their extract and raw material ingredients. Are you paying too much for low value filler? Or, with greater consequences, are you potentially passing on a food safety problem under your brand? Examples of pitfalls might include ground peanut shells in your product or false claims on ingredients declarations.

3. Insight

Insight helps inform our decisions as an industry and provides brand protection through improvements in food safety. There are many ways to track upcoming trends and aggregate news feeds. However, to truly scan the horizon you may need to make leaps of logic and connections that others may miss. Horizon scanning is a vital process and a good system will facilitate the detection of ‘weak signals’ currently going unnoticed that may grow into significant issues. At the heart of the NSF International service is our own expertise and years of experience across all areas of food safety throughout the supply chain. A cross-functional team reviews and interprets information feeds, in consultation with external partners where appropriate.

A recent study completed in partnership with academia indicates that there are major economic benefits post-certification that a business can reap with reduced complaints as well as enhanced food safety. NSF International has facilitated various studies, one of which is the case examined in our Special Session…

Please join us for the
NSF International Special Session
Thursday 3rd March 08:00-09:00

Food Safety and the Positive Impact to Your Business and Bottom Line

A recent study in conjunction with US Foods and IFS identified a strong correlation between certification and performance. Along with improvement in the reduction of food safety incidents and complaints, there were many other potential unrealized benefits that could then be quantified to demonstrate multi-million dollar savings.

Jorge Hernández, Chief Food Safety Officer, Wholesome International, will discuss the results of an independent study conducted by the University of Michigan to quantify the cost savings of certification by reviewing data pre- and post-certification. You will learn about both customer and sales benefits of certification that you can use to demonstrate and quantify the benefit of a food safety culture to senior leadership.

…Please visit stand F7&8 to find out more or visit www.nsf.org.


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