Bite into the wrong foods, and they will bite back. 600 million people become sick after eating contaminated food every year. Foodborne illnesses are among the most common diseases in the world.
Yet you can take simple measures to prevent foodborne diseases. Developing a food safety plan is one step.
But what should your safety plan contain? How can you build a team of experienced professionals to execute your plan? What documents do you need to have on hand?
Answer these questions and you can keep your customers and clients safe for years to come. Here is your quick guide.
Create Goals for a Food Safety Strategy
A food facility should try to prevent as many cases of foodborne illness as possible. But this is not the only goal they should adopt.
A product recall can occur at any moment. Every food and beverage facility should make it a priority to respond to a recall as soon as possible.
To achieve this goal, you have to have several measures in place. You must have someone monitoring the FDA website for news about recalls. You must inform your clients that a recall has happened and they should adjust their operations.
Build a Team
It is impossible to create a food safety plan on your own. Recruit experienced professionals from every part of the food and beverage industry. In addition to safety personnel, you need someone experienced with supplier management and logistics.
You must create a sense of camaraderie amongst your team members. Everyone should feel empowered. If they notice a problem that threatens business safety, they should step up and say something.
You can create a knowledgeable and unified team through training sessions. You can practice food safety and teambuilding skills in small groups. You should also inform your employees about your expectations of them on a regular basis.
Keep Business Safety Records
Your team should create a formal food safety plan. It should detail your objectives and the strategies you use to reach those objectives.
But your plan is not the only document you should keep. You should generate yearly reports on your operations and how you have improved safety. If an accident occurs, you should launch an investigation into it.
All of these documents should remain with you. You can digitize them or keep them on paper. Develop a way to organize them so you can access them easily.
Draft a Food Safety Plan
A food safety plan will motivate your company to keep clients safe. Create goals about keeping as many people safe as possible and responding to emergencies promptly.
Hire employees who will help you reach your goals. Find people from different backgrounds and empower them during company meetings.
You can track your company’s progress by keeping records of your operations. Your records should include copies of a written safety plan and reports about safety breaches.
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