To ensure that food is safe and of adequate quality, many of the world’s leading food chain operators strive to earn food safety certifications (e.g. HACCP, ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, GMP, FSMA, BRC, and SQF) through regular, stringent third-party food certification audits. Regular audits ensure an organization’s compliance with international food standards and regulations.
For consumers, food safety certificates prove that businesses adhere to the laws and best practices that protect them from food-borne illnesses and other adverse health effects. For businesses on the other hand, certifications protect them from potential financial losses, lawsuits, and closure.
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Internal food safety audit programs help food manufacturers, suppliers, and service firms prepare the necessary documentation evidence for certification audits; however, many audit programs are still paper-driven. This method makes it arduous for food safety auditors and businesses for a number of reasons, namely:
- It takes longer to generate reports.
- It provides little insight into areas of improvement.
- It leads to tons of paperwork and potential storage issues.
- It prevents actionable data from being analyzed immediately.
With a powerful food safety app, businesses can do away with paper checklists and modernize their compliance programs. A food safety app like iAuditor can be the “sixth sense” that empowers safety inspectors to monitor, predict, and analyze what’s happening in their operations with a system that makes internal compliance functions more efficient, sustainable, and productive.
How iAuditor Helps Modernize Food Safety Compliance Programs
The iAuditor food safety app features a simple drag-and-drop template builder that enables businesses to convert their existing paper forms into digital. Here are some of its key features:
Take pictures and annotate them
Capture photos using your device’s camera and quickly attach images to an inspection.
Use scoring to quantify activities
Use iAuditor scoring to quantify and compare performance areas and see how ready your business is for an upcoming food safety certification audit.
Fill-out text fields with a built-in barcode scanner
Food safety auditors can save time on manual data entry by scanning product barcodes using their mobile device’s camera, which will then populate the checklist field with the corresponding information.
Attach reference information to help guide users in completing fields. Either reference plain text, an image, or a link to an external website.
Sign off with digital signatures
Sign off food safety audits with a digital signature and ensure accountability.
Time stamp audits
Prevent human error by automatically capturing the exact time of inspections with iAuditor’s time-stamp function.