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High-profile food safety scares in the marketplace have pushed the food industry towards improvement. Change is hitting the entire industry at an unprecedented level. The major food manufacturers and distributors, as well as the largest retailers in the world such as Wal-Mart, Tesco, Delhaize, Ahold, Migros, Metro, and Carrefour, have agreed to adopt Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards. Wal-Mart and Sams Club Select, the largest U.S. grocery chain, is leading the way by becoming the first to adopt GFSI standards.

The requirement for suppliers to complete these certifications demonstrates our leadership in food safety and our commitment to global safety standards, said J.P. Suarez, Wal-Marts senior vice president and chief compliance officer, and a board member of the Global Food Safety Initiative. Food safety has always been a top priority at Wal-Mart. We are taking this additional step to ensure the integrity of our products throughout the entire food supply chain. We encourage other U.S. retailers to follow our lead and to also endorse these standards.

There are three GFSI standard for which Omnex provides training and implementation support FSSC 22000, BRC and SQF.

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Training and Workshops

In the US, the food industry has adopted a wide variety of standards including ISO9001(Quality Management System requirements) and ISO14001(Environmental Management System requirements) as well as the food safety management system requirements. For many suppliers, this can present a significant challenge as they are not sure how ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and Food Safety Management System standards relate to their business. These new changes and challenges impact your organization and your Top Managements decision making. Food companies need to have a clear strategy for themselves.

Omnex provides management consulting that elevate the performance of client organizations

Omnex is pleased to offer our expertise and guidance in Food, Quality, Environmental, and Health & Safety management systems so you have the information necessary to make decisions to achieve your organizations goals.

Food Industry Transformation

Many forces are at work in helping to transform the food industry. The food industry scares, the retail industry adoption of GFSI standards and Food Safety Modernization Act are factors that are encouraging/mandating the use of Food Safety management system standards such as FSSC 22000, BRC, and SQF. Many Tier One suppliers to retailers have already adopted these standards following Walmart and several others announcing their adoption of the GFSI approach. In addition to this, a recent survey of the largest retailers by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) showed that many of the largest retailers rated sustainability and carbon foot print as even more important than Food Safety in the food supply chain. It certainly appears that environmental standards with integrated carbon foot print and sustainability standards may be gaining some importance to food organizations. At the same time, some of the largest food organizations like Dean Foods and Nestle are moving in the direction of adopting ISO 9001, Food Safety Management Systems, OHSAS 18001, and ISO 14001 Integrated management systems.

Are these the signs of things to come in the food industry? What do these standards mean? Are they easy to implement? How does an organization benefit from these standards? This webinar can help you understand.

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Integrated Management Systems

Integrated Management Systems (IMS) is the integration of QMS, EMS, OHSAS and other regulations / standards and requirements into a single management system. IMS fosters the approach that an organization should establish one integrated system that is best for the business and not set up separate, often duplicate, processes or documentation to satisfy each management standard. IMS contains company-wide processes that conform to various management system standards such as AS9100, IATF 16949, ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 but are primarily established in support of the business goals.

At Omnex, integration means developing common organizational processes based on standardized work flows, conducting integrated risk analysis (using FMEAs and Control Plans for quality, environmental and health and safety risks) and conducting integrated audits. At Omnex, we are continuing to pioneer ever more effective and efficient ways of defining, implementing and auditing integrated management systems.

Integration and standardization not only reduce confusion and redundancy in the workplace, but cost an estimated 50% less to implement and most importantly cost 50% less to maintain. Furthermore, the cost for registration is reduced by as much as 33%.

Integrated management systems since the 1990s, beginning with the integration of QS-9000 and ISO 14001 in the Americas for Yazaki. Since then, we have integrated ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 for organizations around the world including General Motors and TRW. Lately, we have integrated ISO 9001 and Food Safety Management Systems including an implementation where Food Safety, Quality (ISO 9001), Environmental (ISO 14001), and Health and Safety (ISO 45001) were integrated into one management system. Omnex recently helped Swiss Colony a 100 year-old Food Catalog and Bakery implement FSMS and QMS standards in a record six months that included QOS/BOS and Phase Gate New Product Development methodologies and 8D Problem Solving techniques.

Omnex provides training for top management in the understanding and integration of multiple integrated management systems, as well as the worlds only lead auditor course in Integrated Management Systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001).

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Omnex Methodologies and Practices

Omnex offers training for each of the different methodologies as shown in this link. Keep in mind, some of these methodologies may be known by different names within the industry.

Omnex specializes in the following methodologies:

Implementation Support

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Omnex can help you conduct a Food Safety Management System Discovery Analysis (or Assessment) or conduct a Best-In-Class assessment to assist your company in making process improvements that result in efficiency and savings.

Omnex will conduct a Discovery Analysis during an initial assessment. Omnex will study your current processes to see the gaps in the systems as well as review Best-In-Class practices depending on the scope of the assessment. Omnex assessments always focus on savings and improvements within the organization. The last day of the assessment centers around feedback and planning with the customer team. An implementation plan, team, and next steps are completed as a part of the Discovery. Of course, this can also be conducted at the beginning of an implementation, when the standard is revised or when the customer is ready for an overhaul of their systems.

There is much that needs to be done in the food industry including implementing integrated QMS and FSMS (one of the GFSI standards), and ISO 14001 standards. During the discovery analysis typically Omnex implements QOS/BOS, Phase Gate, Risk based, New Product Development, and disciplined problem solving methodology.

Omnexs core strengths are spelled out in the 12 methodologies in which we specialize. Each of these practices are Best in Class practices that can be implemented based on the needs of a specific organization in any industry.

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