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GFVGA Membership Benefit with iFood Decision Science

Wednesday, July 10, 2019  
Posted by: Mary Kendall Dixon
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The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is pleased to announce a new membership benefit with a 15 percent discount off services offered by iFood Decision Sciences (iFoodDS).

This comes on the heels of a statement from Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas regarding their plans to usher the U.S. food industry into a new era of smarter food safety that is people-led, FSMA-based and technology enabled. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is just the beginning of the food safety revolution in the produce industry.

“It’s time to look to the future of food safety…with a view that builds on the progress we’re making with our regulatory framework, but also leverages the use of new and emerging technologies to create a more digital, traceable and safer system,” Said Sharpless and Yiannas in a statement in April. “[FDA is] implementing important FSMA requirements while also leveraging, among other things, the use of new and emerging technologies.”

iFoodDS can help an operation meet this “new era of smarter food safety” by providing a cloud-based platform to help food safety and operations teams streamline data collection from food safety checklists and logs, water quality and sustainability. This platform can provide an operation real-time alerts of critical issues to team managers. All these functions can be done from a computer, smart phone or device and can be applied to farms or packing facilities of any size. And without internet access. Whether it’s a seasonal packer operating for two months or an operation in multiple countries, iFoodDS provides 24/7 solutions. As a platform, features and services can be added incrementally, helping transition an operation to meet the increasing demand to collect data and provide proof of standards compliance. All GFVGA members can now receive a 15 percent discount on iFoodDS services.
Today, produce operations are required to collect many types of data: food safety, quality control, operational metrics, as well as sustainability practices, worker safety and water quality. There is a growing demand for data and proof of standards compliance, but if managed correctly these demands offer an important and fundamental opportunity. By effectively managing critical operational data a food safety manager can drive continuous improvement in all areas of production--reducing risk, streamlining processes and systems, bringing to light clear guidance on where to make adjustments that better protect workers, consumers and your bottom line.

To learn more about iFoodDS and our approach to transitioning operations from manual to digital, please reach out to: 

Phil Pickard

Account Executive

iFood Decision Sciences, Inc.

(803) 331 9993

GFVGA | P.O. Box 2945 | LaGrange GA 30241 | 706-845-8200