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Tools for Audit Success: The Importance of Training

January 22, 2020

By Kathy Chiao, Specialist, Marketing, SQFI

In today’s technologically integrated society, a single recall or outbreak can affect the credibility of a food production or manufacturing facility. Therefore, having a robust food safety program in place will help keep your name off the headline news. The SQF Program provides a robust solution to the food industry to protect their brands, their buyers, and their bottom lines. Implementing a food safety management system is but the first step to adapting a food safety culture. This does not mean the risks end here. To ensure continued success in keeping your products, your consumers, and your image safe, your employees must undergo high caliber training.

The key to implementing and managing a successful food safety system is to have knowledgeable and competent employees. Employees who receive ample food safety training have a better understanding of the SQF Code requirements. Not only are they better equipped to manage food safety risks, they will also provide your site with better control over and thus mitigate these risks. This allows your site’s food safety system to better align with the requirements of the SQF Code. As a result, your site will feel confident that your food safety plans have been implemented in accordance with the HACCP method and applicable regulatory requirements, and that they have been verified and determined effective to manage food safety. Investing in employee training and development is an investment into the success of your business.

To support your food safety initiatives, SQFI’s in-house technical learning experts have created a library of science-based education and implementation materials to help your employees build a solid food safety foundation. Our learning experts have developed materials for both online and offline. With the assistance of licensed SQF Training Centers and Alchemy Academy’s online education platform, learners can receive consistent training, instruction from experienced professionals, feedback from peers in the same industry, and more.

In this month’s issue of the SQF Newsletter, we highlight the different trainings offered by SQFI and provide an update about training for food industry professionals. As the food industry evolves, SQFI will continue to enhance our resources to help you protect your brand, your buyers, and your bottom lines.

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