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Innovative Integrated Management System (IIMS) for Sustainable Food Industry

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prasert Suttiprasit
Director of The Centre for Standards and Quality Development of Production and Services Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University
Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand
Tel. +668-1346-9000 Email. prasert_sp@yahoo.com


It is evident that the long-term survival and growth of global food industry depend on the availability and efficient use of raw materials, energy and water and other facilities under the concept of sustainable practice, i.e. in environment, society and economics. Quality and safety managements are essential to ensure that the industry can continue to support the communities in which it operates. Awarding a number of certifications to show the high standing of international quality and hygiene characteristics are currently necessary, e.g. ISO 9001 : 2008, GMP/GHP, HACCP, ISO 22000, BRC and etc. To minimize the cost and maximize the efficiency, the Innovative Integration Management System (IIMS) has been created and implemented effectively under the frameworks of sustainability in a numbers of national and international food production companies in Thailand during the past years. This allow the organization in integrating all those common processes such as management review, document control, record control, training, monitoring & measuring, data analysing, internal audits, and corrective and preventive actions whereas the critical or specific processes required by each standard are still retained harmoniously with the others. This paper presents the details of IIMS methodological approach created as well as the sustainable implementation results of the IIMS.

Keywords: Innovative Integration, Management System, IIMS, Sustainable Industry, Quality, Food Safety.

1. Introduction

Sustainable industry is industry that enhances the sustainable development. Sustainable development was defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987 as "is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." From the Thailand’s National Research Project entitled “Thailand’s Sustainability Industry” conducted during 2007 by Prasert Suttiprasit and others, it was figured that the major strategies for the sustainable industry are to cover the aspects of (1) environment, (2) society and (3) economics. In addition to these aspects, more suitable and effective law and regulations are essential. UK food industry sustainability strategy published in 2006 is an example of the dominant model for international food sustainable industry. Regarding this international food sustainable industry, the UK Government set out the strategy to cope the environmental, social and economic aspects along the food supply chain as the followings a.Environmental aspect (1.Energy use and climate change, 2.Waste, 3.Water and 4. Food transportation) b.Social aspect (1.Nutrition and health, 2.Food safety, 3.Equal opportunities, 4.Health & Safety and 5.Ethical trading) c.Economic aspect (1.Science-based innovation, 2.Workforce skills and 3.Tackling retail crime) To maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of the Food Industry either in UK or Thailand or in any countries; analysis, action and control measures as well as the corrective and preventive actions should be integrated planed, implemented, evaluated and improved continually through out the food supply chain.

2. The Needs of the Novel System for Food Sustainable Industry

Regarding the food that is an essential of human life, the concern related to safety and suitability for consumption is the major immersing critical issues for the social aspect at the international level since outbreaks of foodborne illness can damage trade and tourism, and lead to loss of earnings, unemployment and litigation. Food spoilage is wasteful, costly and can adversely affect trade and...
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