Food & Beverage Compliance: It Starts with Proper Training

To reduce quality and compliance issues, food and beverage manufacturers must focus on training and empowering their teams.

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March 29, 2024

Regulatory compliance is critical for success in the food and beverage industry, where companies are forced to adhere to an ever-growing list of safety protocols and labor restrictions. At the same time, consumer expectations are higher than ever, putting more pressure on companies to maintain quality standards.

As it stands today, many companies in this space still struggle with quality and compliance issues, putting them at risk for heavy fines and penalties. For example, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations can result in penalties of up to $145,027 per incident. Similarly, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also poses significant fines and penalties for violations.

Keep reading to learn more about why companies struggle with quality and compliance issues, and how training employees can reduce risks and improve outcomes.

Why food and beverage companies struggle with compliance 

Limited workers

Like all other organizations, companies in the food and beverage industry are facing a widespread labor shortage. As a result, organizations often lack the internal support needed to ensure proper safety and quality inspections. This also forces employees to work faster to fulfill orders and meet quotas, which leads to more mistakes and encourages team members to cut corners in certain cases.

Information silos 

The regulatory landscape is constantly evolving. Regulatory information needs to make it into the hands of employees who are producing food and beverage items and engaging in daily operations. However, companies often fail to properly notify workers about important changes and updates. In many cases, this is because they lack effective communication channels.

Poor visibility into local operations

Large food and beverage providers also tend to lack visibility and control at the local level, which leads to policy violations. For example, Chipotle recently agreed to pay $20 million to about 13,000 New York city workers after multiple labor violations.

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How employee training can help

To reduce quality and compliance issues, food and beverage manufacturers must focus on training and empowering their teams. Properly training managers and workers creates teams that are in tune with rules and regulations.

FLX Systems takes a groundbreaking approach to employee training and development by providing mobile solutions that help workers feel confident, independent, and informed. With the help of FLX’s mobile training and reporting tools, food and beverage manufacturers can improve communication with teams and reduce risks.

To learn more about how FLX Systems can enhance food and beverage operations and help your organization maintain compliance, speak to an expert today.

You can also see our complete guide to maximizing employee engagement here.