The company adopted it in preparation for compliance with Food Safety Modernization Act rules, according to Nye Hardy, food safety manager for Monterey, Calif.-based Dole Fresh Vegetables.
“We cannot wait for suppliers’ safety assessments,” she said in a news release. “We ensure all food safety programs are followed at the start of every point of production, from planting to harvest to post-harvest.”
HardyHardy is the scheduled guest speaker in a one-hour web seminar to be offered at 9 a.m. Pacific time Feb. 28 by SafetyChain Software. Registration for the free seminar, whose topics include the new FSMA rules, is online.
SafetyChain for Food links all members of a company’s supply chain. Among other features, it offers the ability to conduct food safety assessments from data sent via mobile devices, prompting alerts when action is needed. Traceability access supports mock or real recalls or market withdrawals, according to the company.
The product has modules for supplier compliance and management; safety and quality data reporting; and customer and finished product compliance, among others. It handles third-party and customer compliance requirements like HACCP and the Global Food Safety Initiative and FSMA.
It issues electronic certificates of analysis when tests are within specifications.
“Real-time safety information with traceable data is critical,” Barbara Levin, SafetyChain senior vice president and co-founder, said in the release. “We’re excited to work with … Dole Fresh Vegetables to help them realize their vision of proactive safety assessments and on-demand audit readiness.”