Allergen management in the food industry

Feb 7, 2017 10:28:42 AM

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New whitepaper discusses allergen management and risk mitigation in food production and distribution

Effective allergen management is one of the most critical concerns in the production and distribution of food items. In the 2017 version of To-Increase Food Warehousing and Distribution, our industry solution suite for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, we introduce many enhancements and new features to augment the allergen management capabilities of earlier versions.

Consumers in harm's way

If you have a food allergy or know someone who does, you may have experienced firsthand how dangerous it can be when the body’s immune system responds to a substance in food as a threat and musters its defenses. There is neither cure nor treatment for food allergies. You must avoid all foods that include the triggering element.

As pointed out in various articles in Food Safety Magazine and elsewhere over the years, the industry is still challenged in managing processes and educating employees, distributors, and consumers about the potential risks of allergens in products, ingredients, and facilities. According to experts writing and being interviewed in the magazine, one particularly dangerous aspect of food operations and allergen management is the poor visibility of allergen-related information about food ingredients and raw materials from one company to another in the supply chain. Many companies are also not very thorough or reliable when they document and define potential allergen risks to themselves and consumers. With Food Manufacturing and Distribution, we aim to help companies close many of the critical gaps in allergen management.

Stronger allergen management for Microsoft Dynamics NAV users

In earlier versions of Food Manufacturing and Distribution, you could already use such features as vendor certification to track which of your suppliers have implemented an allergen management plan, or item attributes to highlight the presence of allergens as you plan recipes and production.

In the newest version of the solution, we add such features as a table of allergens for uninterrupted tracking of individual allergens and allergen groups. You can increase the visibility of allergens in batch planning and other processes. The solution’s workflow function includes a pre-built call-to-action workflow to make sure that employees responsible for allergen management and control take the right actions at all times, no matter how busy they are. Read the whitepaper “Mitigate the risk of allergens in food production and distribution."

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Martijn Botje

Martijn Botje

Product Manager, Food and Beverage Martijn meets with our customers and partners to learn about the changes and challenges they face, help them articulate their ERP strategies and improve processes, and highlight To-Increase solution roadmaps. With a background that includes more than 10 years of assisting companies benefit from ERP, Martijn focuses mostly on our solutions for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. In his industry expertise, food manufacturing, distribution, discrete manufacturing, finance, and waste management figure very prominently. Before he joined our team, Martijn was a business consultant at one of the Netherlands’ leading IT consultancies and a functional ERP manager at an environmental services company.
“For food companies, delivering products of the best possible quality, running the most efficient processes, and ensuring perfect compliance with regulations present new challenges every day. While all these businesses are unique, standardized ERP solutions can help them address their issues and make customers happy. I enjoy the insights and rewards of making technology perform for people and companies.”
Martijn has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and benefit-in-kind finance management from the University of Amsterdam. When he is not working, he enjoys his family, downtime on the Dutch North Sea islands, ten-pin bowling, and reading novels.

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