Enhancing security systems within food factories across the UK

According to recent news reports, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched investigations into meat wholesalers after issues were raised about food hygiene from commercial businesses. This investigation has impacted businesses, such as Wetherspoons, as well as schools and care homes up and down the country.

Because of the horse meat scandal in 2013, customers are losing faith in businesses using production companies that don’t have their best interests at heart — and if anything, consumers have higher expectations regarding the goods that they buy.

To improve customer confidence and ensure that the quality of produce is as it is expected to be, we look at the security systems production houses should have in place. We also explore the crime surrounding the industry and how the implementation of protective systems can boost satisfaction.

The reasons to install security systems in food factories

With technology constantly evolving, we are able to make the appropriate changes to uphold our ethical working practices — and this is no different for food factories producing produce that will end up in our supermarkets. Using this technology will protect us from external threats, as well as from unexpected threats in our food.

Access control is what food factories should begin with to ensure protection. This will put an instant barrier between operations and any entry attempts by unauthorised personnel. Whether this a swiped identification card, biometrics or a passcode way of entry, only authorised personnel will be granted access.

Placement of cloud CCTV will entice food factories to work more efficiently, as the entire production is being recorded. By spring 2018, all slaughterhouses in England are required to have CCTV systems in place that can be reviewed by the FSA, which has unprecedented access to footage within a 90-day period. Is this something we should be looking to do in food factories to ensure safety for the British people?

CCTV inside food factories will encourage consumers to have more trust with that production company — so it’s a worthwhile investment if you want to continue to gain big contracts from supermarkets.

But what are the benefits of installing CCTV in food factories?

Quality — using more advanced CCTV within food factories will enable production companies to monitor the production line and maintain the standards that they sell themselves on. Sometimes, a human error is unavoidable on a production line after several hours of non-stop work — being able to detect it instantly is essential.

Customers’ opinions — as food factories don’t operate openly and everything is hidden away, this instantly creates suspicion from a consumer’s perspective, as they will be the ones buying the final product once distributed to stores around the country. CCTV will counter this issue as it shows that operation centres have nothing to hide — giving them the ability to publish any footage, if accused of misconduct.

Crime in food factories across the UK

It’s well known across the industry that CCTV can be used to help deter criminals from carrying out their intentions. By installing these systems, food factories can protect themselves from threats that are external and internal, as well as support themselves during any claims of violation.

With the investigations being carried out, we found that the most common crime within food factories was fraud. 89% of manufacturers on a global scale were impacted by fraud in 2015 — 2017 saw a 7% rise on this result.

Information theft and compliance breach accounted for 30%, while 26% was for intellectual property theft — which could cause a domino effect on the production line and influence what comes out of the factories.

According to the same source, 39% of new members, such as junior staff, were likely to commit a fraudulent act — which could be a common problem with the amount of staff that come and go within the food production industry. Temporary manufacturing workers came in at second place with 37%, while those in senior or middle management positions were at 33% — the same as ex-staff members. However, vendors/suppliers who do not have as much access to your business accounted for 33%, too. This clarifies that anyone has the potential to commit a crime within a factory.

The British consumer demands more, so more should be done within food factories — similar steps to what slaughterhouses are doing would be beneficial. Contact 2020 Vision today for all of your security system questions.

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