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Food Labeling Standards Are Changing, Kind Of

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Food and beverage manufacturers are facing new changes to labels on packaged foods.  The term “gluten-free” has been defined and products that are labeled as gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten.  However, the labeling is actually voluntary. There is no requirement that a food item containing gluten must be labeled as such.

Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, has been the subject of discussion in recent years.  While gluten-free has become a fad diet, those with celiac disease can become very sick when eating products containing gluten.  According to “Gluten-free label rule to take effect, but its use won’t be mandatory,” posted by Mary Macvean on LATimes.com, other people may experience levels of discomfort to gluten, including headaches and intestinal issues.  This new labeling rule, although voluntary, can be beneficial for those with celiac disease and you may face pressure from customers to update labels.

Food and beverage businesses may also feel the pressure from regulatory agencies on mandatory labeling and other food safety regulations.  Compliance with increasingly strict regulations can be challenging, especially if you use manual processes or disparate specialty solutions.  Navigate changing rules and requirements with greater efficiency by implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

A powerful ERP solution, such as Microsoft Dynamics® GP, offers the control and insight you need to manage increasing regulatory pressure and customer demands while protecting your profit margins.  You can manage all of your business operations from this single, integrated solution, including finances, supply chain and inventory, manufacturing and distribution operations, human resources and payroll, and other core processes.  You can monitor cradle-to-grave traceability of each ingredient and final product with the bar-coding and other time-saving automations offered by Microsoft Dynamics GP.  Greater visibility into food safety will get you closer to the data you need to show compliance with regulatory agencies, as well as respond faster in the event of a recall situation.

As food safety regulations change, and they surely will, you can use ERP to update business operations, while also keeping an eye on the bottom line.  Contact The Resource Group for more information about staying on top of food labeling and regulatory compliance issues with ERP.

By The Resource Group, a Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner out of Washington

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