Using Security Seals to Safeguard Food and Beverages, Maintain FSMA Compliance and Protect Your Business

 

We all eat and drink multiple times a day every day. Along the way, we rely implicitly on the makers, distributors and retailers of food and beverage products to ensure the quality and safety of everything we consume.

  

For food and beverage companies—including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, restaurants and others—quality and safety are the foundations of brand building and value creation. Without these basics, food and beverage firms can’t begin to polish and enhance their brands with other positive attributes from taste and enjoyment to healthiness, satisfaction and beyond.

 

Companies in the food and beverage supply chain—whether they make ingredients or finished goods—often stress the quality of their products. Safety is sometimes mentioned, though it tends to be implied more than stated in the U.S. Even so, if either quality or safety is called into question, brand value that’s been carefully built up over decades can vanish in a matter of minutes.

 

Since 9/11, the U.S. public and private sectors have recognized the critical importance of safeguarding the nation’s food and beverage supply chain. Companies in the industry understand the significant risks to current and future operations posed by intentional tampering. Meanwhile, federal and state governments have also taken steps to protect the American people by safeguarding the food and beverage supply chain.

 

Congress enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in response to changes in the global food supply and the realization that there is preventable food borne health risks and threats to the economy.  In recent years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has put into place rules to implement FSMA. This set of regulations covers everything from preventive controls, inspection and compliance to imported food safety, responses and recalls, and greater collaboration between public agencies.

 

As part of the wide-ranging FSMA regulatory framework, food and beverage companies are required to take active steps to protect ingredients and finished goods from outside threats that could disrupt or damage the U.S. supply chain. Building on the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system standards, food and beverage firms must develop protection plans that include vulnerabilities, mitigation strategies and monitoring procedures.

 

Visit our website www.fsmacheck.com to learn more about FSMA and to understand the role security seals can play in protecting both ingredients and finished goods.

 

 

The role of security seals in safeguarding ingredients and products

 

Security seals play a vital role in safeguarding the handling and transport of food and beverage ingredients and products, significantly lessening the risk of tampering. Indeed, companies across America’s food and beverage supply chain are employing a wide variety of security seals to protect their products, brands and good names.

 

During the transport of food and beverage ingredients and products, it’s important for companies to audit and evaluate the full chain of custody to lessen vulnerability. Security measures should make it as difficult as possible for would-be terrorists, troubled individuals or other bad actors to access or tamper with ingredients or finished goods.

 

Today, leading food and beverage companies are using a layered approach to security to protect the safety and quality of their products as they flow through the supply chain, from production and distribution to receiving and storage. Based on concepts from military strategy, layered security combines multiple mitigating security control measures to protect resources.   

 

TydenBrooks: A trusted food and beverage security partner

 

With more than 145 years of security experience, TydenBrooks has a long history of helping clients in the food and beverage supply chain secure ingredients and finished goods, maintain regulatory compliance and protect their businesses and reputations. Today, TydenBrooks provides such protection to a host of leading companies in the industry, many of them household names.

 

TydenBrooks recently helped a customer rapidly solve their security seal needs through their industry leading stock seals program. This allowed the client to reduce seal costs by 13% while shipping stocked seals in an average of just 1.8 business days.  In other food and beverage successes, TydenBrooks developed a low-sparking cable seal that significantly reduced the risks of associated with securing the shipment of grain-alcohol.

 

TydenBrooks has established custom programs for many of its customers in the food and beverage supply chain and regularly provides customers with comprehensive performance reports including on-time shipment and delivery and per-division spend.

 

A comprehensive suite of security seal solutions

 

ISO-rated High Security seals gives food and beverage companies chain of custody assurance. For example, the EZ Loc Plus 1/8 is an ISO 17712:2013 High Security Seal and C-TPAT Compliant. The EZ Loc Plus features a non-preformed security cable that frays when cut with various marking options for customized tracking. The seal pulls tight for maximum security and can only be removed with cable cutters. TydenBrooks also offers a non-ferrous version of the EZ Loc.

 

Bolts seals including Snaptracker and Intermodal are CTPAT compliant for cross-border shipments and meet ISO 17712:2013 standards. Requiring bolt cutters for removal, these bolts provide superior strength and tampering deterrence. The new Flex Bolt seal is made from galvanized aircraft cable, making it more pliable than traditional bolts while still meeting ISO 17712:2013 standards. 

 

Plastic security seals are affordable, effective and efficient use across the food and beverage supply chain. Such seals fall into three categories: adjustable length, fixed length and plastic padlock. Often called indicative seals, plastic security seals are designed to show clear evidence of tampering. And these security seals can be branded, numbered and/or bar coded for extra security. 

 

Adjustable and Fixed length security seals allow users to adapt the seal to a wide range of sizes and applications. Such seals include the Tug Tight Seal, a single-use tamper evident pull-tight adjustable device perfect for securing tote-boxes and storage cabinets. As well as the Secure-Grip Seal, used on tanker trailers, hopper cars and similar equipment. An adjustable length plastic strap seal ideal for many applications, the Secure-Grip Seal comes in multiple sizes, with options for nylon and polypropylene construction as well as hot stamped, label or thermal transfer marking. Used routinely in the food and beverage industry, the Gemini Tote Security Seal is a dual-numbered fixed length plastic tote security seal specifically designed to secure tote boxes. Since totes require two seals to be properly secured, the Gemini Tote Security Seal is always made in twin sets with identical numbers.

 

Plastic padlock security seals offer convenience of one-hand closure. The Handilok HL-8 Padlock seal provides tamper-evident security for storage bins and lockers. A spring-like arm and plugged barrel provide clear tamper evidence, and the device requires no tools for easy application and removal.

 

Conclusion

 

Given the longstanding importance of quality and safety across the food and beverage supply chain and the heightened threat of tampering in a post-9/11 world, companies that manufacture, distribute and sell such products have a strong and growing interest in tampering prevention. Meanwhile, the FDA’s ongoing implementation of FSMA has brought greater regulatory and compliance scrutiny to the industry.

 

As they develop multi-layered security strategies to protect their products and prevent tampering, food and beverage companies are increasingly reliant on various types of security seals. TydenBrooks, the global leader in security seals, is helping food and beverage firms protect the American public along with their businesses, brands and reputations.

 

For more information or to discuss your unique security needs, contact TydenBrooks at 1-800-458-SEAL or via email at [email protected]. We look forward to helping you prevent tampering and secure the safe handling and delivery of your ingredients or finished food and beverage products. 

 

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