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The only constant is change.
We've all heard this many times and it is particularly true of business. The speed and ability of businesses to change can often set them apart and open up new opportunities.
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The continual rise of food intolerance/sensitivities and food allergies around the world is frightening for warehouse managers. There is increasing vigilance in protecting consumers from allergic reactions. Adhering to these guidelines can prevent costly product recalls and potentially food allergy law suits.
It is not very likely that the market sales for gluten-free packaged food will ever catch up to sugar-free beverages, but it may in fact catch up to the lactose-free dairy market and has actually surpassed the declining low/no/reduced-carb market.
Allergy issues are a serious matter in the food industry. Federal law says that food processing companies in every state and territory are responsible for protecting their foods from contamination that could cause allergy complications, as well as labelling their foods in a way that makes it easy to tell what kind of potential allergens may be present in a certain food.
For a food manufacturing or processing company, cross-contamination of foods can lead to severe allergic reactions that can have devastating health repercussions for consumers.
These situations can also cost your company money. In New South Wales, for example, the NSW Food Authority has the right to investigate breaches of food handling and processing guidelines, penalise offending organisations, and recall foods that come from businesses that fail to properly declare allergens on their labels.Read More
Traceability in the food production industry refers to the ability to track any food through all stages of production, processing and distribution. This includes tracking across the importation and retail steps of the production chain. This is achieved by having documented recorded information. At any point of the supply chain it should be easy for a business to trace contamination either one step backwards or forwards and thus possible to continue this process until the end of the chain. This element of traceability is crucial not just in finding the source of any problem but creating strategies to minimise the risk and fallout from any breach in standards.
The pest control industry has seen a massive advancement in monitoring and baiting techniques over the last few decades. However a lot of warehouses have not kept their pest control procedures up to this rapid pace. With the Montreal Protocol restricting the use of Methyl Bromide most businesses have turned to an integrative pest control plan that prevents as well as erradicates pests as opposed to the old reactionary model of waiting until pests arrived and then exterminating them.
The continual rise of allergies in cities around the world is frightening for warehouse managers. There is increasing vigilance in protecting consumers from allergic reactions. Adhering to these guidelines can prevent costly product recalls and potentially food allergy law suits.
Indeed hospital admissions for severe allergic reactions have doubled in the last decade across Australia, the USA and the UK. In fact Australia has one of the highest allergy prevalence rates in the world, with up to 25% of Australians believing they have some sort of food intolerance.
Flying insects are a pervasive cause of contamination throughout the food manufacturing, processing and distribution industry and as we enter the summer months they become even more of an issue. Their number and size make them hard to control and trap. Left unchecked they often move freely between food products and garbage, increasing the chances of spreading illness and disease.
For some reason, birds seem to be pushed to the bottom of the list when it comes to the most dangerous pests in food processing plants. It may be because they seem less harmful than other pests like termites, cockroaches, and rodents. However, this is a common misconception. When outdoors, birds can be harmless creatures, but when they make their way inside a warehouse to nest and seek warmth, they begin to be a problem.
Not only can they cause messes and distractions, but they also bring in flammable debris and disease-causing microorganisms. The most common microorganism spread by birds is Salmonella - which up to 50% of house sparrows were found to contain.
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