The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1 in 10 people are sickened by eating food processed or prepared by others and that 50 percent of cases of food borne illnesses are due to failures in the culture of organisations responsible for the safety of products1. There is therefore still improvement required to develop truly food safe cultures in modern food manufacturing, distribution and retailing businesses to improve consumer health and safety.
Consumers today expect high standards of food quality, consistency and safety and will quickly voice their concerns on social media when businesses get it wrong. For example, horsemeat scandals, inappropriate meat traces found in vegan and halal products, baby milk contamination and the presence of campylobacter bacteria and salmonella in meat and dairy products. It’s clear that compromising food safety and quality can have disastrous effects on the profitability of food manufacturers, brands and retailers.
SATO knows that consumer loyalty to food and beverage brands is built on quality and safety, with no compromise. SATO works tirelessly with its food industry customers to design integrated, flexible print systems to support safety and quality management processes.
1 Food Safety Magazine, July 2011, Food Safety Top Concern of Food Industry CEOs
Ensuring legislative compliance with SATO
Meeting the needs of national food safety standards, and the internationally accepted Hazard Critical Control Point (HACCP) compliance, is a basic requirement for successful food manufacturing and distribution businesses.
Addressing food safety through the analysis and control of biological, chemical and physical hazards, across ingredient and product handling, production, packing and shipping, food manufacturers must comply with a range of requirements to ensure proactive health and safety management.
Following recommended ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ principles, food manufacturers must be able to accurately log and maintain records of activity, to effectively track and trace their food and beverage products through the supply chain; from farm or factory to the end user.
In addition, controls and good hygiene measures must be in place to document maintenance schedules, cleaning rotas, pest control, staff training, personal hygiene, waste management, wrapping, packaging, shipping and returns.
SATO is a leader in food industry print solutions providing a broad range of barcode and RFID enabled technologies to deliver accurate and consistent monitoring and management of every food supply chain activity. Offering a wide range of integrated hardware, software and consumables to efficiently customise labels according to the specific needs of the food-manufacturing environment, SATO partners its customers to drive operational efficiency and guarantee food safety.
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Automating safety standards
Enabling automation of the food safety management process, in a food manufacturing or distribution business, provides managers with the ability to proactively recognise safety compromises and enable immediate action. Real-time capability to identify safety challenges saves cost, waste and time, as well as ensuring consumer safety; the critical requirement for all food producers.
Visibility of products, passing through complex food supply chains, is critical to food manufacturers meeting their societal obligations. Awareness and action from consumers and governments alike have put the food industry under the spotlight in recent years. As a result, the traceability of food products through the supply chain has moved beyond a ‘nice to have’ to an essential legislative requirement of the sector.
Complete control from farm-to-fork, or seafood-to-sushi, is attainable with SATO thermal and RFID printing solutions. Items virtually at any level - wrapper, tray, carton, crate, pallet or clamshell - can be identified, recalled and returned with accuracy and ease.
SATO solutions enable the food sector to:
- Track and trace import and export of raw materials, as well as multi ingredient foods, additives and processed products
- Accurately account for raw materials, inventory management and shipping
- Integrate food safety in to other business processes and systems
- Document product provenance and the chain of custody for finished products
- Reduce labelling administration and eliminate inaccurate manual data processes
- Respond quickly to legislative compliance changes
- Seamlessly integrate data across the entire supply chain process
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Enabling the food safety business culture
A global study in 2015 indicated that senior leaders rank business culture as the number one concern in their organisations for affecting their ability to meet the challenges of the future1. Leaders are asking themselves, not whether culture affects business performance, but how culture can be positively influenced to improve important requirements such as food safety.
As leaders in auto identification and data collection solutions for the food industry, SATO knows that implementing a range of integrated print technology solutions to provide the necessary control and management required, can significantly influence employees’ behaviour and attitude to food safety.
Today’s user-friendly mobile and networked technologies enable food businesses to create a responsible culture where food safety is assured - from receipt of raw materials and ingredients through to processing and shipping.
Providing easy access to data, user-friendly interfaces to manage labelling, tracking and tracing of goods through to video tutorials and advice, SATO solutions make food safety management easier and more efficient.
Employees can rely on SATO technology to deliver consistent, reliable outputs to support their daily activities. SATO creates employee satisfaction and enables managers to embed a true food safety culture.
1 Food Safety Magazine, July 2018 - Company culture and the path to improved food safety
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