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The Manufacturer’s Dilemma (Part 2)

“Globalisation has powered economic growth in developing countries such as China. Global logistics, low domestic production costs, and strong consumer demand have let the country develop strong export-based manufacturing, making the country the workshop of the world”. The above quote which is attributed to Ma Jun, the Chinese environmentalist is a good enough statement to draw attention to the fact ...

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The Manufacturer’s Dilemma (Part 1)

Manufacturing has become a household word across the globe and for Ghana it may seem like a rebirth. It seems generally accepted that, entrepreneurs are supposed to create businesses out of the many problems we face as a people. In doing this however, innovation and creativity is required since not all solutions create viable businesses. Over the years, many manufacturing ...

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Have You Conducted the Annual Management Review for Your Organization?

The successful start to the business year would include a microscopic look at the events of the past year. This is important because, some happenings in the business should not be repeated due to the consequences that may arise if they did. In this wise, it will not be out of place to share most portions of an article I ...

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Cost of Poor Quality

Quality has so many definitions but what I guess sinks deep in the minds of consumers is whether a product does what it says it does; that is ‘fit for purpose’. Food for example has many functionalities including rheological functions, nutritional functions and even sensorial functions. It is common to shun certain types of food simply because you do not ...

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Product Recall Can be Ugly

Any serious business in the manufacturing sector might want to completely obliterate the word recall from their dictionary. Indeed, most companies in recent times have raised the bar on quality just to ensure, every single product out there does not return to the factory. A product recall is the process of retrieving and replacing defective goods for consumers. There are two major ...

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ISO Standards and Industrial Excellence

The one district one factory programme, a flagship project being embarked on by the Government of Ghana is certainly gaining traction. From one policy summit to another, captains of industry, government officials and even the international community are seen busily holding discussions, all in a bid to be a part of this programme. Looking at the policy framework regarding this ...

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Food Spoilage and Preservation

“Food security is a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. This definition of food security was adopted at the 1996 World Food Summit. Simply put, food security is the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity ...

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Intrinsic Physical Hazards in Processed Foods – Watch Out!

Grabbing a club sandwich in a very popular and well-patronized restaurant on the Spintex road, Accra was a great idea after a hard day’s work at a client’s organization. I took a bite and as I worked on the food, started chewing on some hard objects. I thought to myself, who would prepare sandwiches that would contain chicken bones? I ...

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Labelling Requirements for Your Products

Identification of an item may come in different forms but labelling is one sure way of placing identity on objects. When it comes to the sale of food, drugs or cosmetics, manufacturers are obliged to identify what they put on shelves for consumers. The content of products cannot be ascertained unless there is a label on the packaging that confirms ...

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Personal Hygiene in Food Businesses

Hygiene can be defined as all the activities performed for the preservation of health. There are several aspects of hygiene, and may include but not limited to personal hygiene, food hygiene, kitchen hygiene, toilet hygiene, production hall hygiene, medical facility hygiene etc. Irrespective of the category of hygiene, the purpose is to prevent illness. Whilst observing hygiene at home is ...

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