Steven Burton is the founder of Burton Software Inc., which offers the first affordable cloud-based solution to improve the safety of the world’s food supply. Icicle, the flagship technology enables companies involved in the production, processing, and distribution of food products to develop and verify food safety plans that also ensure food quality. Icicle features many benefits for food manufacturers to deliver quality products.
- Cloud-based: secure access from anywhere, no servers or databases required;
- Multi-user, multi-plant: manage food safety throughout the organization from one central system;
- Automatic updates: all HACCP plans are automatically updated when updates are made to ingredients, materials, processes, hazards, etc.;
- Multiple plan support: different HACCP plans can be produced for each plant with any combination of productions and product groups.
Additionally Icicle features an interactive process flow design. Icicle provides an interactive design surface where process flows can be modeled. Hazard information is automatically associated with process steps and included in the plan. Icicle includes multi-level security. The software allows permission to be controlled by roles or users. Over 200 separate functions are controlled by permissions. The system supports other types of inspections in addition to food safety, such as kosher, including generating contracts and high-resolution certificates.
About Burton Software and Cloud-based Icicle HACCP Solution
Icicle is the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) solution that improves the quality and safety of products by developing tools that manage food safety plans, document procedures, and carry out inspections.
Icicle provides the technology necessary to collect the required data and then automatically generates food safety plans and also ensure food quality.
Changes to individual ingredients, materials, processes or packaging are automatically propagated throughout the system, insuring that plans are kept current across product lines and plants. Users are guided through the HACCP analysis process where hazards are identified and addressed. Authorized users can generate HACCP plans for any facility, including multiple plans per facility and customized plans for specific product groups or customers.
Burton noted, “Food companies now have the ability to fully synchronize operations across facilities and across the globe. The emergence of a new hazard or a change to any aspect of an existing hazard is immediately understood. Automatic alerts initiate recalls and modifications to existing formulas. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are available to employees regardless of physical location. Documentation validates food safety procedures can be printed on-demand to satisfy the requirements of auditors regardless of which specific certification authority certifies the company’s products.”
Based in Richmond, BC, Canada, food technologists around the world are working closely with Burton Software building a global network of food safety stakeholders who have access to the latest technology to manage food safety issues and procedures and ensure food quality. Follow Burton Software on Twitter at @icicleBsafe.