The definition of food safety is very different today than it was even five years ago. We’ve seen firsthand how much the role of food processing and warehouse plant managers, as well as FSQA managers, has expanded. Whether managing teams internally or multiple external partners, there is an incredible amount of coordination that must happen to ensure consistent sanitary conditions. It is by far one of the biggest pain points for plants and warehouses struggling to keep operations running smoothly.
That’s why it has been our vision at PSSI to build a unified solution that not only helps alleviate the stress of food safety management to give our partners better piece of mind but delivers a more successful overall result.
As we kick off 2022, we are excited to introduce our plans for a deeper Total Protection approach. In addition to our best-in-class sanitation and chemical solutions, PSSI will be adding pest and intervention as additional solutions to enhance our overall approach and management of food safety.
This is part of a continued evolution of our brand promise to own the standard of protection and advance food safety across the food processing and warehousing industries. And one we believe will benefit every partner we serve.
“Collaboration and communication are key when managing food safety for our partners,” said Jake Watts, Senior Vice President of Shared Services at PSSI. “Breaking down the barriers between various disciplines and having a unified plan enables us to manage outcomes more efficiently and effectively.”
Pest prevention plays a critical role in food safety and should be a collaborative approach with sanitation teams. In fact, grounds and pest management is a key part of the food safety regulatory requirement for USDA, FDA and CFIA, so it was a natural fit as part of our expanded solution. The Code of Federal Regulations dictates:
“Establishments must have in place a pest management program to prevent the harborage and breeding of pests on the grounds and within establishment facilities. Pest control substances used must be safe and effective under the conditions of use and not be applied or stored in a manner that will result in the adulteration of product or the creation of insanitary conditions.”
The new PSSI Pest Solutions team brings more than 200 years of combined leadership experience in pest management across businesses from food processing plants to pharmaceutical plants. They will offer customized programs built specifically for each facility and work collaboratively with sanitation and chemical teams to ensure full compliance. This new pest prevention program is currently serving regional partners in the southern part of the country with plans to cover our existing customer footprint in the very near future.
Intervention Solutions, powered by Safe Foods Corporation (an independent subsidiary of PSSI), will work closely with our chemical and sanitation teams to provide an enhanced layer of protection to reduce and prevent pathogens as part of a broader food safety plan. The team utilizes a true multi-hurdle strategy with a variety of antimicrobials precisely applied to food products. They offer a vast portfolio of processing aids and equipment systems, as well as a cutting-edge MARC analytics software (Monitor, Analyze, Respond, Control) to ensure the highest level of protection from a microbial standpoint.
Top experts from each discipline, including sanitation, chemical, pest and intervention, working together toward a common goal will have an incredible impact on both day-to-day food safety management, but also longer-term education as it relates to key research and development projects. This includes projects related to water conservation, recycling and other cost-savings initiatives.
Our goal is to simplify the complexity of food safety management into one premier solution that will not only give our partners better piece of mind, but also deliver more consistent results.
We will be rolling this out gradually over the next year and look forward to sharing more information. In the meantime, if you have questions or would like to inquire about these new services, please contact us at www.pssi.com/getintouch1. Our team will also be at the upcoming IPPE Expo January 25-27 in Hall C booth C11271.
Cheers to a healthy and safe New Year!