Information systems the main course to any five star meal !
Information systems are concerned with data capture, storage, analysis and retrieval. In the context the food sector and food safety management they are vital to assist decision making in a short time frame, potentially allowing decisions to be made and practices to be implemented in real time. Databases hold information on numerous items of various descriptions such as identification of pathogens, characteristics of foods and processes, supply chains etc. and these are all managed my an information system. Computer software packages a key component of any information system aid the practical application of HACCP and risk assessment to bring logical sequences to establishing and modifying food safety management practices. This particularly key in a sector such as this, a mishap or misjudgement could have harsh side effects. In addition there are many other uses of information systems that benefit food safety more globally, including: rapid communication of information on foodborne disease outbreaks through websites of many sources, including the press and interest groups, on the reasons for and consequences of foodborne disease incidents. Food supply chain management also makes use of information systems to organise and take full efficient advantage of the resources in order to get their products where they want, when they want and by the correct personnel.
National Health Programs recognize that a safe and nutritious food supply is a major contributory factor to the health of a country’s citizens and that there is a need to maintain a reputation nationally and internationally as a supplier of safe food products. Programs that ensure safe and nutritious food are receiving renewed attention in many countries and major food safety initiatives are being launched on an international scale thanks to information systems.
Food Import Management System (FIMIS) is a type of information system used by many Governments to develop things like importation policies and to guide the integration of their controls and enforcement actions. FIMIS is an authentic and reliable tool for documenting, processing and managing information related to food products. This system has optimized the prevention of consumer risk and has successfully improved the overall quality of imported foods. Furthermore, FIMIS has a built-in Online Analytical Reports (OLAP) component, which enhances decision-making processes in the food control division.
Information systems…a key part in the food sector especially when it comes to its safety. There’s just some work that should be left to a computer to manage and when dealing with the vast amount of information in this sector this is one of those times. Time is a key resource in business and is scarce at the best of times but thanks to efficient IT systems managers and key personnel have a lot more time to research, develop and implement new improvements with all this structured information at there finger tips.
A different look at information systems that I hope you enjoyed!