Icicle ERP Food Safety Software Feature Overview
Paperless Food Safety Solutions for Highly Regulated Industries
In today’s digital age, it’s more important than ever to ensure the safety of the food we eat. From ensuring our food is properly labeled and tracked to implementing comprehensive food safety plans, Icicle ERP offers a wide range of food safety software features that help businesses in highly regulated industries stay compliant with government regulations.
One such feature is our food safety software, which enables users to create and manage HACCP and HARPC programs based on internationally-recognized safety standards. With Icicle, users can easily identify and control biological, chemical, physical, and radiological hazards, as well as achieve necessary requirements for food safety certificate programs.
The value of our food safety software is evident across a wide range of businesses, from those with high-risk products to those with large numbers of frequently changing products. Regardless of a company’s size or product line, however, Icicle offers a tailored solution to meet their specific needs.
Food Safety Software Solutions for Amplified Business Success
Food safety is one of the most critical and highly regulated aspects of the food industry. Icicle’s Food Safety software features help businesses in highly regulated industries stay compliant with government regulations while providing a host of other benefits, such as reducing the risk of product recalls, improving productivity, and increasing customer satisfaction.
With Icicle, businesses can rest assured knowing that their food is being produced safely in accordance with all relevant safety standards, while unifying the flow of data.
- Enables businesses to meet internationally-recognized food safety standards
- Easily identifies and controls biological, chemical, physical, and radiological hazards
- Allows food companies to satisfy food safety certification requirements
- Helps businesses stay compliant with government regulations
- Reduces the risk of product recalls
- Improves productivity
- Increases customer satisfaction
Food Safety Features
Our food safety software works by allowing businesses to create and manage HACCP and HARPC programs. These programs are based on internationally-recognized safety standards, such as those from the Codex Alimentarius Commission, FDA, USDA, and EPA.
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a food safety methodology based on principles first created in the 1960s. HACCP principles help manufacturers meet global compliance standards, build a reputation compliance with food regulations, and expand their business into new markets.
HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls) expands on the HACCP methodology to emphasize prevention. With Icicle food safety software, food manufacturers can generate paperless preventive control plans based on HACCP and HARPC principles quickly and easily.
Icicle helps businesses quickly identify and control food safety hazards (biological, chemical, physical, and radiological) with smart hazard suggestions. Using aggregated data from a massive global database, Icicle automatically suggests relevant hazards based on your production processes to streamline food safety paperwork for professional review.
Icicle’s fraud and vulnerability assessment templates allow businesses to assess any potential issues associated with ingredients, materials, packaging, vendors, employees and food fraud. Icicle users are also able to create assessment templates for internal audits, as well as custom inspection templates, both of which allow for a weighted grading system tailored to the unique needs of your business. This helps businesses ensure compliance for HARPC, FSVP and FSMA programs, showing that TACCP and VACCP plans are placed into action.
Food fraud and bioterrorism are serious threats to the food industry. Icicle’s Food Safety software helps businesses mitigate the risk of food fraud and bioterrorism using the TACCP and VACCP features. By adding these additional control measures, businesses can ensure that they are taking all necessary precautions to prevent food fraud nightmares from impacting their business.
Food allergies have become more and more prevalent in many countries, causing a rise in demand for allergen-free food products. Icicle’s Allergen Management features allow businesses to effectively manage allergens in their food production process, obtain third-party certifications seamlessly, and expand market access.
Icicle’s incident management infrastructure allows businesses to prevent or manage incidents using real-time data from any secure, internet-enabled device. By specifying predefined actions and linked procedures, businesses can minimize the damage caused by an incident and get back to business as usual.
Food safety training is an integral part of any food safety management system and optimized production workflow. Icicle’s food safety software helps businesses maintain food safety training records by providing a variety of features that make it easy to track and manage employee training. This includes the ability to create and manage training programs and track employee training progress.
By pursuing food safety certification, businesses can also ensure that their employees are up-to-date on the latest food safety practices.
Food Safety Regulations and Standards
Food safety is a critical aspect of the food industry, and businesses must comply with a variety of regulations and standards to ensure that their food is safe for consumers. For example, in the United States, businesses must comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which lays out a number of regulations governing the production and distribution of food.
Additionally, businesses must comply with various other national and international food safety standards. Standards that are recognized internationally include Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the ISO 22000, and the FSSC 22000. Additionally, some nations and regions have their own specific food safety standards which manufacturers must follow.
The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) is a set of regulations that governs the production and distribution of food in Canada. The SFCR sets forth a number of requirements for businesses, including the need to develop a food safety plan, identify and control hazards, and maintain records.
Icicle’s food safety software helps businesses comply with the SFCR, providing several features that make it easy to track and control hazards and ensuring that businesses meet all regulatory requirements.
The Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) from the US FDA is a set of internationally recognized standards governing the production and distribution of food and the most basic level of food safety. Topics covered by the GMP include sanitation, documentation, handling complaints, and more.
Icicle’s food safety software helps businesses follow the GMP food safety guidelines, resulting in safe, quality food products and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations.
The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a methodology for food safety programs that ensures food safety by identifying and controlling hazards. The HACCP standard is followed by businesses worldwide and is the basis for most food safety regulations.
Icicle’s food safety software helps your business follow HACCP certification guidelines and create any number of HACCP plans to ensure that your business is in full compliance. This also improves the reputation of your brand regarding food safety, allowing for further business growth opportunities.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a coalition of food retailers and manufacturers with the goal of improving food safety worldwide. The GFSI supports the food industry by providing businesses with guidelines and requirements for producing safe food products. These standards are followed by businesses around the world and are considered the gold standard in food safety.
Icicle’s food safety software assists businesses in following GFSI standards, resulting in complete compliance with global food safety requirements and boosting commercial success for food manufacturers.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a global food safety standard originating from the United Kingdom. The BRC standard is followed by businesses worldwide and is considered one of the most rigorous food safety standards in the world.
Icicle’s food safety software helps businesses meet the BRC standards, ensuring safe, quality food production and distribution.
The Safe Quality Food (SQF) is a food safety standard that originates from the United States. The SQF standard applies to all segments of the supply chain. It provides safety certification of food companies, which is renewed through annual audits. The SQF is followed by businesses in North America.
It is essential that your business is SQF certified if you want to do business with grocery stores in the United States. Icicle’s food safety software can help you get there.
When it comes to total quality and food safety, look no further than the ISO 22000 standard. The ISO 22000 standard is an internationally recognized standard that sets forth a number of requirements for businesses to achieve total quality and food safety management.
Icicle’s Food Safety software can help your business become ISO 22000 certified, ensuring that you meet all requirements of the ISO 22000 standard.
Another popular food safety certification is the FSSC 22000 standard. The FSSC 22000 standard is recognized internationally as an important food safety system certification. Having this certification can build consumer trust in your business by guaranteeing the safety of your food products.
Icicle’s Food Safety software can help your business meet all necessary requirements to become FSSC 22000 certified.
Food Safety Resources
Why is Food Safety Important?
The importance of food safety procedures for businesses and consumers cannot be overstated. Foodborne illness can have serious health consequences for consumers (including death), which can further lead to loss of revenue and damage to the company’s reputation. Some sectors of the food industry like meat, poultry, and seafood are especially high-risk, and are therefore more highly regulated.
Most jurisdictions in the world require some level of food safety from food manufacturers, more so for any international or cross-border sales or distribution. Following a rigorous food safety program is essential for any food business’ success, from small, local businesses to transnational corporations.
Food Safety Training, Made Easy.
With Icicle, you can track employee training and progress to ensure the highest standards of compliance for any program. When it comes to Icicle itself, our training specialists can work with your team on any section of Icicle to expedite implementation and onboarding, provide refreshers, and expand use of the platform into new areas of your business (such as a new facility).
But it’s not just training sessions that make your team succeed: since Icicle models your production process, employees and managers can intuitively use Icicle to manage their workflows with helpful instructions (including a help widget), visual cues, and reminders. Icicle’s task management infrastructure reinforces best practices and keeps production moving safely and on schedule.
Food Safety Regulations and Standards
Safe food handling practices and procedures are essential for any business that produces, handles, or distributes food. This being the case, all food manufacturers should implement safe food handling practices and procedures as an integral part of their business.
Here are some resources that you may find useful:
In today’s pandemic-stricken industry, it is critical that food businesses have a COVID-19 Prevention Plan in place. Icicle’s COVID-19 Prevention and Control Program shows how food businesses can use Icicle’s automation technology to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases as well as comply with multiple, changing regulatory requirements with agility.
Food safety is a shared responsibility for your entire value chain. Auditing your suppliers ensures that everything is in order and standards are being followed. Request access to Icicle’s free supplier checklist, a resource developed with food safety consultants to guide you through a comprehensive and accurate supplier audit.
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