Video-Getting Started OverviewLast Updated: May 30, 2019
Welcome to ConnectFood.com, a platform that delivers an easy to use, step-by-step food safety plan generator with fast access to food safety experts to help review your plans.
To get started building your food safety plans, first provide information about your company, the facilities where your food product is manufactured, and list key personnel who are part of your food safety team.
As required by the Food Safety Modernization Act, your facility should answer questions regarding your Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). An easy way to comply is to complete the GMP Audit within the ConnectFood Software to help ensure your facilities are safe to manufacture food products. Good Manufacturing Practices Audit reports can be printed and included in your final food safety plan.
Who are your ingredient suppliers? Provide information about the companies that supply the ingredients for your food products. ConnectFood's Supplier Management Tracking Program allows you to keep your suppliers organized and request any necessary files directly.
Once the supporting company and supplier information is entered, you can begin to create food safety plans for your food products by entering general product information, such as: the name and a description of the product, who the product is sold to, what the intended use of the product is, etc.
Don't forget your process steps! Drag and drop process steps onto your flow diagram and link them together to tell the story of your food product's food safety journey. The flow diagram is a visual representation of the steps you take to manufacture the product. Take note of the steps that require extra information, like the addition of ingredients, equipment, hazards, or critical limits/control points.
Identify the potential biological, chemical, or physical hazards and the preventive controls that can prevent these specified hazards from occurring. If a hazard is controlled at a specific step, make sure to assign the hazard to that step.
Once the plan is complete, begin to monitor and record your manufacturing process. You can do this through ConnectFood's online record keeping logs that relate to your Standard Operating Procedures.
Last, you may request an expert review of your food safety plan of by one the many ConnectFood Virtual Food Safety Teams. Making the request for help is FREE to you, so don't hesitate to connect with one of our team members.