In closing, remember that the development of a comprehensive food fraud
management system will take time,
effort, and support. Taking small steps
and building a road map will help drive
your food fraud management system to
full maturity while reducing overall risk
to your organization. n
Jill Hoffman is the Director of Global Food Safety and
Quality Systems at McCormick & Co. Inc.
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Future: Science, Technology, Management and
Regulation, eds. Jen, Joseph, and Chen, Jun-shi
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fully embedded the knowledge and processes into their roles.
The surveillance program will engage with a completely dynamic FFVA that can
quickly evaluate and address any changes that need to be made. Mitigating actions
can be quickly deployed at this point with minimal lag time.
Existing and emerging risks will be integrated into the organization through an
established enterprise risk management (ERM) process. Top management will have
a thorough understanding of food fraud and risks to the business and will be able to
allocate resources where risks have elevated beyond the company’s risk tolerance.
Food Fraud Management System and Building a Food
Advancing a food fraud management program through the maturity scale will ultimately build a stronger culture of food safety in your organization when it comes
to food safety risks relating to food fraud. As you progress, you will see non-quality
functions take on ownership and accountability of components of your food fraud
management program. Knowledge and education will enable them to engage and
execute. Driving risk communication through a company-wide ERM program will
drive support from top leadership.
When building a food safety culture around food fraud management practices,
be sure to leverage existing company values and principles that are already embedded into your company culture. By leveraging these principles and integrating them
into the activities needed to build a successful food fraud management system, your
internal partners will understand their contributions to managing food fraud and
will enable you to give customers and consumers the best possible product through
the principles that are now embedded in your company culture.
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