The US Congress recently passed two major food safety rules that will impact those companies in the food processing supply chain.
The new food safety rules mandate increased safety standards and preventive controls nationwide, especially for produce growers.
The two rules, passed into law the first week of January 2013, had been delayed for nearly a year.
The new regulations are additions to the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) — a law that moves U.S. food safety from being primarily reactive to focusing on prevention. Traceability is a big part of FSMA mandates – tracing the lots of food ingredients to the original producers.
According to an article in Food Safety News, the mandates have the goal of reducing the disruption to markets, the loss of sales, and the loss of consumer confidence each time a major food-borne illness outbreak strikes.
ERP Selection for the Food Industry
When it comes to ERP systems for food producers, food suppliers must put into place solutions that offer full lot tracking, traceability, recipe management, and document control, among other features. Suppliers must access full traceability of food products back from the consumer to the beginning of the supply chain.
In an ERP selection project, food processors are wise to keep an eye out for full traceability systems to manage this important process more effectively.
Document control and inventory management are also key functional areas for today’s food processor.