Mercè Sanchez (She/Her)

Programme Manager - Food Standards, BRCGS

Industry sector

Dairy Frozen foods Fruits, vegetables & nuts Ingredients (for industry) Meat, poultry and fish Multi-product Other Restaurants Retail Snacks/confectionary Soft drinks

Job level/seniority

Manager

Did you attend a 2023/24 Food Sure Summit?

No

What are your biggest challenges in compliance management?

Auditing: overlapping audits needed by multiple customers, unclear/changing regulations Complex and rapidly changing regulatory landscape Differing auditing standards Traceability, record-keeping, use of technology

What are your biggest challenges in safety management?

Auditing: overlapping audits needed by multiple customers, unclear/changing regulations Factory floor hazards: allergen control, microbiology, cross-contamination Increasingly complex supply chains, sustainability/climate change & environmental factors Other Workforce: staff retention, training, quality & safety as a culture

In what way are supply chains affecting food safety & quality?

Food crime Increasingly complex and globalised supply chains Quality variability across suppliers Traceability across multiple international sites

To what extent does advanced technology play a role in your food safety program?

Advanced tech is used in auditing roles e.g. remote auditing Advanced technology is used on the factory floor AI is used to make sense of data gathered No new advanced technology is used

To what extent are budgets constraining food safety & quality improvements?

Overlapping, and unnecessary audits can impede growth The latest tech can be very expensive

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