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The Year that was…
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The Year that was…

In this, our 64th blog (also the last for 2021), we reflect on the year that was... It has been a tragically sad year for many of us, but it has also been a year of tremendous growth and opportunity.
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Let your Food Safety Management System do the Talking in 2022
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Let your Food Safety Management System do the Talking in 2022

Is your current food safety and quality management system adding value? It may be worth our while to define the meaning of “value” in this context.
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Continual Improvement – Something that happens every day and not once a year
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Continual Improvement – Something that happens every day and not once a year

Today we take a look at how we can use our existing management systems to deliver not only results but also a level of continual improvement. Whether it be food safety, quality, environmental or health and safety, most recognised standards provide a platform that promotes continual improvement.
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Accountability – Owning Up for Food Safety Culture
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Accountability – Owning Up for Food Safety Culture

A culture of accountability creates an environment where fingers are not pointed when things wrong. The focus is problem solving and learning from mistakes. Without a sense of accountability instilled into the mind and behaviour of every employee, a positive food safety culture is only a distant dream.
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Training is Our Passion – Helpful Tips
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Training is Our Passion – Helpful Tips

As the year shuttles to an end, we thought it would be a good time to share our insights on the different training requirements in the various food safety standards. This is just the perfect time of the year to schedule some last-minute training or, even better, set up a training plan for 2022.
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Food Safety – A Matter of Conscience
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Food Safety – A Matter of Conscience

There's a lot of science behind the concept of food safety. Sometimes it even feels as if we try to make it as complicated as possible by using fancy words that only a select few people understand. We have a million acronyms and are close to having our own unique language.
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Formula 1 Pitstops – See you on the Podium
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Formula 1 Pitstops – See you on the Podium

The principles for Formula 1 pitstops can be useful for handling production changeovers and fixing machine breakdowns. When these tasks are well executed, we have good efficiencies, and this boosts staff morale. It is no secret that a motivated work force is a productive work force with high regard for food safety. It is also a fact that when morale is high, people are less likely to cut corners when it comes to executing tasks in a way that upholds food safety. You will never see an F1 pitstop team taking shortcuts
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Celebrating Small Wins is a Big Win for Food Safety Culture
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Celebrating Small Wins is a Big Win for Food Safety Culture

In recent weeks our team has spent a lot of time discussing food safety culture and the concept of organisational culture in general. We have debated and dissected culture surveys, action plans, training programmes and various other awareness strategies. What we have realised is that an annual survey and training is not going to bring about a miraculous change at all.
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Try our Corrective Action Challenge
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Try our Corrective Action Challenge

Since we are working with a team of super-motivated facilitators, most of whom are also qualified food safety lead auditors, we constantly find ourselves surprised by the same issues that keep popping up during FSMS certification audits. Over the past few months, the concept of verification has seemed to be a “theme” of sorts. This week we’ve decided to focus on a tiny, yet very significant aspect of the FSMS; verification of effective implementation of corrective actions…
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Internal Audit 101
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Internal Audit 101

In today’s Blog we look at a few common mistakes which are made when dealing with non-conformances and corrective actions. The idea is that some level of awareness of these typical traps we fall into will allow you to drive a system that really adds value and makes a difference on the bottom line.
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Common Mistakes we make when Investigating Non-Conformances
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Common Mistakes we make when Investigating Non-Conformances

In today’s Blog we look at a few common mistakes which are made when dealing with non-conformances and corrective actions. The idea is that some level of awareness of these typical traps we fall into will allow you to drive a system that really adds value and makes a difference on the bottom line.
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Remember Gratitude Changes Everything
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Remember Gratitude Changes Everything

It’s so easy to become despondent with everything that’s going on in our country right now. Sometimes it’s better to avoid the news and social media for a few days – it’s refreshing to be unburdened about things you probably cannot do anything about.
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The Awesomeness of taking a Zoom Coffee Break
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The Awesomeness of taking a Zoom Coffee Break

Happy belated Women’s Day! It’s super-exciting to be part of the food industry in South Africa where we are surrounded by some inspiring women. In fact, it’s one of the countries where we’ve seen more women take on leadership roles compared to other countries!
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Accreditation GFSI certification – What do they mean
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Accreditation GFSI certification – What do they mean

Today we are going to unpack some sticky terms such as GFSI certification and accreditation and at the same time look at how you can verify the validity of your own food safety certification as well as that of your suppliers.
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Focus on Growth and Development
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Focus on Growth and Development

One thing that is true about challenges, is that it provides us with the opportunity to GROW. Perhaps it’s time to be brave and instead of complaining about our situation, start making small changes that will slowly change the course of our lives. Maybe it is time we become more resilient and bounce back from the struggles we face instead of moping about things we cannot change. Let’s be the optimist for a change…
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Bringing back the Team Spirit
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Bringing back the Team Spirit

There is a four-letter word that we very often use without giving much thought to what it really means. In recent months, the importance of this word and its true meaning have become more crucial than ever before. We throw this word around loosely and take it for granted too. Can you guess this four-letter word?
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To Document or not to Document – That is the Question
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To Document or not to Document – That is the Question

We have destroyed millions of forests in our quest to make paper. Right? Then we've taken this paper, put it through a printer and filed it away inside a cabinet or on a shelf in our office.
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Bring the FUN back into Solving Problems
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Bring the FUN back into Solving Problems

In our last blog on creativity, we established that everyone has a creative domain. This week we are going to explore how you can approach problems more creatively.
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Living your values – Tips for Senior Managers
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Living your values – Tips for Senior Managers

This week our Blog focuses on the role senior managers play when it comes to food safety. Continuing with our World Food Safety Day Theme and an increased emphasis on Leadership Commitment and Food Safety Culture.
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We all have a creative domain…  what is yours?
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We all have a creative domain… what is yours?

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to our series on creativity and innovation, painting metaphorical broad brush strokes on the state of our world and business today, and that creativity is the answer to being responsive to ever-changing and demanding times.
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