Advanced technologies, including remote monitoring, data recording and analytics, can provide a real solution to help mitigate risk in increasingly complex modern food supplier chains.
Modern food safety plans need to focus on risk reduction across the whole supply chain. Defining control points and control measures that minimise risk is key to assuring food safety.
However, the ability to review supply chains from end to end across multiple locations and countries is becoming increasingly difficult to manage. Without the capacity to review multiple supply chains, which make up any single product, assuring food safety is virtually impossible.
This is where new and emerging connected technologies can really start to help.
Today, innovative technological systems can deliver new data insights that enable businesses to identify trends and trouble spots. Ultimately, this helps organisations to take a more proactive approach to food safety throughout the supply chain.
Connected technology helps to deal with identified hazards in a quicker and more effective way, reducing the enormous commercial impact of unchecked risks. For example:
- Remote hygiene system sensors deployed in washrooms are able to check the extent to which staff wash their hands, helping to identify and improve poor practices
- Connected, pest management systems enable 24/7 monitoring and record keeping, ensuring corrective interventions are made before infestations take hold
But having the technology, of course, is only one part of the solution. You also need to know how and where to apply it.
Big data insight
For this new data to be truly valuable to an organisation, you need clear reporting and analysis to ensure corrective actions are in place and support a proactive approach to food safety management.
- Trend reporting
- Interactive maps
- Analytic tools which support food safety audits
Data collected by PestConnect and recorded in myRentokil is also sent to Rentokil’s online ‘Command Centre’.
The data recorded links pest activity to location and recommendations that extend across thousands of businesses globally.
The unique perspective generated from all this data creates real insights into issues and their causes.
Rentokil Initial data
Rentokil Initial analysed 200,000 observations and recommendations made in 2015 across 20,000 customers within food supply chains across 27 countries.
Global figures show that nearly a quarter of sites involved in a food supply chain at any point in time reported some sort of pest activity.
As these sites are brought together to create a totally integrated supply chain, the associated risks compound and increase.
This analysis shows that of those 200,000 recommendations:
- 45% related to sanitation/hygiene
- 19% linked to business integrity (proofing)
- 6% related to storage/racking
- the remaining 30% linked to other factors
These figures not only correlate directly with non-conformances reported by the major food auditing standards bodies like BRC and AIB, but also show clearly what food businesses should be focusing on to meet global compliance standards.