What A Food Safety Consultant Can Do For You
Having a food business is no small feat. Beyond focusing on sales and profitability, owners manage resources, staff, inventory, finances, and other pivotal factors of their business. To maintain an efficient operation, they must display leadership, business acumen, organization, and interpersonal skills. They must merge their food industry expertise with innovation in order to succeed in a competitive, fast-paced market.
On top of all of this, they must also ensure their company’s compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations. Fortunately, they don’t have to do it alone.
What Is A Food Safety Consultant?
Food safety consultants give your company the knowledge and guidance to meet regulatory, industry, and customer requirements through implementing best practices. By performing an assessment of your facility and operations, they determine your business’s unique needs and build an action plan allowing you to achieve your desired goals. They offer training to staff and management and assist in the development and implementation of SOPs, KPIs, and other fundamentals. They prioritize the safety of your customers, protect your brand by strengthening your food safety program, and so much more.
What Can A Food Safety Consultant Do For My Business?
Meeting regulatory standards requires a dedicated attention to detail. Because guidelines often change, food safety consultants maintain up to date knowledge of these changes to keep your facility on the up-and-up.
With a comprehensive knowledge of what is expected in a given operation, food safety consultants are an invaluable asset for achieving inspection/audit insight. By performing an independent audit, consultants can check that proper systems are in place and identify any areas needing improvement before a regulatory authority or auditor does.
Consultants can also assist your facility in finding solutions to challenges. They offer cost-effective methods for creating and maintaining high quality programs, troubleshoot production and quality issues, and set up proper documentation and record-keeping protocols.
If you’re looking to take your company to the next level, food safety consultants can get you there by building a pathway to certifications. Program certification such as cGMP communicate to consumers that your company is committed to the highest level of quality and food safety. “Free-from” food certifications such as Gluten-Free, Organic, and Non-GMO open your brand up to a number of markets focused on specialized food products, and expose your brand to a world of health-conscious consumers you may not have been able to reach otherwise.
Avert understands what it takes to keep your business running effectively. We know today’s food business owners have enough on their plate. That’s why we believe in building relationships and providing ongoing guidance and support long after your original needs are met. Let us help you achieve the safety and protection you deserve, so you can focus on building your business.
Matthew McClure provides sound strategies that instill cost-effective methods for building robust food safety, operational and quality assurance programs. Along with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Microbiology from The University of Akron and an MBA in Finance from Louisiana State University, Matthew brings over 20 years of experience in the food safety industry to AVERT Food Safety Advisors. His knowledge spans many areas including FDA food processing facilities, USDA meat and poultry plants, dietary supplement manufacturers, retail, cannabis manufacturing, and food service operations.
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