Globalization of the world’s food supply has made it cost-effective for manufacturers to buy ingredients from lower cost countries around the world—but at a high cost for consumers.
Web-based Enterprise Quality Management System (QMS)
Globalization of the world’s food supply has made it cost-effective for manufacturers to buy ingredients from lower cost countries around the world—but at a high cost for consumers. The increase in globalization has resulted in an increase in food scares, such as the salmonella-tainted peanut butter in 2007 that resulted in the hospitalization of 71 people and affected over 400 others. Incidents such as this have been blamed on the rapid growth of trade in ingredients around the world—making it clear that there is a need for a system that will incorporate safety into each step of the food production process. This is where HACCP comes in.
EtQ’s Quality Management System (QMS) is a flexible software package that guides organizations through compliance with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) processes. HACCP is based on a set of Prerequisite Programs (PRPs) and is guided by the ISO 22000 standard. It is built into an existing system, and relies on identifying Critical Control Points (CCPs)—identifications of high-risk hazards at certain points in the food production process—through the use of a Hazard Analysis. EtQ’s QMS has a robust set of modules to streamline these processes and procedures. Our web browser-based system helps you through the full lifecycle of achieving and maintaining HACCP compliance. With EtQ's Quality Management Software, all the information related to Food Safety compliance is easy to input, access, and report on.
Document Control, Corrective Action, Calibration and Maintenance, Monitoring and Inspection, and Risk Assessment are just some of the dozens of processes EtQ's QMS software streamlines and simplifies for HACCP compliance.
A Recipe for Food Safety: Prerequisite Programs, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, and ISO 22000
A strong HACCP program is built on PRPs and guided by the ISO 22000 standard. The following are the steps needed in order to successfully implement HACCP:
Establish PRPs: PRPs set the foundation for a strong HACCP program by incorporating generic procedures that must be followed to ensure a safe and hygienic workplace. These must be in place before implementing your HACCP Plan.
Establish your HACCP Plan: A HACCP plan is a document describing the procedures you need to follow to establish safety in the product. You will need a HACCP plan for each product in which your hazard analysis indicates that a significant risk is associated. To begin to establish your HACCP plan you must first apply and follow the preliminary steps. You will then apply the seven HACCP principles.
Automating HACCP Processes
Integrated Quality Management Software
EtQ's Quality Management software is an integrated quality management software system that has been pre-configured to specifically address the requirements of HACCP processes. EtQ's unique modular approach provides unparalleled flexibility and automation. The modules are tightly integrated to deliver a best-in-class Quality Management Software solution for the food and beverage industry—ensuring safety from farm to fork.
Connected to the Production Systems
EtQ Connectors close the gap between production systems and the Food Safety Management System. Modules, such as Nonconforming Materials, Corrective Actions and Audits connect to production systems to fully automate the process of identifying potential hazards and events within your HACCP plan, without the need for additional software to bridge the gap. Production systems can then be automatically updated throughout the process of managing the food safety system.
Advanced Filtering of Incidents
EtQ's unique Quality Management Software is designed to minimize the number of corrective actions using an advanced filtering model:
Closed-Loop Corrective Action
The EtQ Quality Management System for HACCP compliance is pre-configured to initiate various post-corrective action processes, including electronic distribution of corrective action results, Change Management, and Employee Training.