Now you have decided who you want to work with as a food safety consultant, we discuss how to work with them successfully.
Food safety is a critical element of business success, but isn’t something you have to do alone. A food safety consultant can provide the support and expertise you need to thrive. As a small business owner, you have a lot to juggle. From recipe development to negotiating with vendors and buyers to posting on social […]
If you’re contemplating starting a business, you may want to begin operating out of your home kitchen. Maybe you have a snack mix that’s so good your friends say you should sell it. Or your jams and jellies have won prizes and now it’s time to bring them to a bigger audience at the local […]
Third-party audits are one of the tools used to keep our food supply safe and inspected. Larger stores and distributors often require proof of a third-party audit as part of their wholesale purchasing agreements. Therefore, as your food business grows, you need to be prepared to get one. A third-party audit is an audit conducted […]
A food safety self audit is the best way to prepare for a food safety inspection or third-party audit. It’s better to catch issues yourself and fix them on your own time, instead of an inspector catching them and causing a plant shutdown or recall. Food safety self audits follow the same pattern as food […]
Food allergies are a major factor in the lives of millions of Americans. Allergic reactions range from minor discomfort to full anaphylaxis. There are over 170 foods that have been identified as causing allergic reactions, but the majority of reactions come from the Big Nine: milk, eggs, nuts, fish, crustaceans, shellfish, wheat, soy and sesame. […]
As a food business, you likely get a regular food safety inspection done by your state or county and by the FDA. We know that these inspections can feel daunting. But, they don’t need to cause anxiety. With proper preparation, they’re an opportunity to improve your food safety practices . We all share the goal […]
Having a good food safety program is key to food business success. Yet, it’s hard to know where to start with creating your plans and documents. The FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) are a set of standards that regulate food safety. They serve as a model for creating a successful food safety plan. The GMPs […]
A good food safety program allows you to scale up your food business without sacrificing the quality or consistency of your product. With a larger reach, you can get your product into more kitchens, solve more consumer problems, and make more of a profit to keep growing. Most conversations about scaling up focus on capital, […]
Recalls are inevitable, but they don’t have to be a death sentence for your food business. A strong recall plan will mean that you can avoid panic and have a well managed food recall.