In May 2015 the IFS organized two conferences in CEE with a focus on how the implementation of IFS standards supports the development of Polish businesses. Furthermore, the seminars and presentations gave the 310 participants a hint on which next steps are planned in the CEE-market. Some of the milestones include future conferences, trainings and additional methods of support.
Besides the conferences in Sophia and Budapest, IFS arranged several meetings to discuss the implementation of Global Markets Tools and the cooperation with our service provider Qualifood.
We are very fortunate that we managed to convince new sponsors to support future IFS meetings and conferences. With their support, we are optimistic that we will meet our original goals: • Increase the number of IFS auditors • Establish a closer cooperation with our local partners
In addition to the US Food-study on implementation of IFS Logistics, further investigations on the performance of distribution centers before and after certification have been carried out by US Foods. Results from an objective analysis point to four quantifiable business benefits: reduction of complaints, saving employee time, significant reduction in labor costs, and increase in sales revenue. You can find the study here.
IFS Insights: Detecting and controlling foreign materials
The detection and control of foreign materials is an important component of any food safety concept. HACCP requires that physical hazards are detected and controlled in addition to chemical and biological hazards.
Foreign material management means that a systematic approach is established in the company that • recognizes foreign material sources, • determines potential hazards, • sets up processes to minimize or avoid foreign material contamination, initiates emergency measures if foreign materials have been identified, and • specifies responsibilities: Who is allowed to make which decisions (e.g. the product may continue to be processed or must be suspended/destroyed)?
There are many options for detecting foreign material. The industry has responded to the issue and offers a large number of technical devices for detecting and removing foreign materials.
METTLER TOLEDO presents below its technical solutions for the reduction of metal contamination offering a White Paper entitled - "Understanding Challenging Applications for Improved Metal Detection".
The paper examines how the Product Effect in metal detection can seriously challenge the effectiveness of your food safety and quality programs explaining in depth:
How metal detection rates can be improved by up to 50% using the latest technology available
What is the 'Product Effect' and what factors influence it
How the challenges of the 'Product Effect' can be overcome by using Multi-Simultaneous Frequency technology
If you are looking to improve brand protection & compliance, reduce costs, increase productivity and comply with the latest retailer codes of practice, this is a must-read document.
Download your complementary White Paper on the IFS website
Reduction of metal contamination - Building an effective program
This Metal Detection Guide is the ultimate reference for everyone who is responsible for the implementation of reliable metal detection systems within food production environments.
The Metal Detection Guide covers:
How a metal detector works
Elements for an effective system that are sometimes missed
How to maximize detection capability
How to reduce contamination
Setting up critical control points
How to guarantee correct functionality and reliability of service