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How Does the Food Safety Modernization Act Affect Your Company?

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The Senate gave the nod to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) recently which would regulate any aspect of food production. Many of these tenants are now coming into play, as well as increased budget requests.

The FSMA law gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to order recalls of contaminated food, a power it did not have prior to the enactment of the Food Safety Act. As a major overhaul of food safety laws and regulations, the stated purpose is to provide a safer food supply and a more stable food industry.

Now is the time to invest in a reliable food tracking system that will allow traceability and recall whether you are a food and beverage producer, packaging partner or distributor.  The WithoutWire™ (WoW) Warehouse manufacturing solution helps food manufacturing companies track inventories from raw ingredients to final product. Having visibility to the data allows for the agility required for lot traceability requirements.  The data enables manufacturers to make quick decisions based on current and accurate data.

The FSMA includes five main areas of food safety enhancements:

  • Preventive controls: The FSMA will shift the FDA’s approach to food safety from responding to outbreaks to preventing them. This will be accomplished by holding food production facilities accountable for implementing safe and effective measures to prevent contamination.
  • Inspection and Compliance: The FDA will use existing resources to modify inspection strategies appropriate for the food industry.
  • Imported Food Safety: The legislation gives FDA greater oversight of imported food products into the United States from other countries. The FSMA requires that U.S. importers verify supplier activities to ensure a safe food supply, and allows the FDA to mandate certification and compliance with food safety requirements. Additionally, the FDA can decline admission of imported foods if the foreign producers refuse FDA inspection.
  • Response: The FSMA gives the FDA authority to issue mandatory recalls for all food products.
  • Enhanced Partnerships: The legislation acknowledges the value of strong collaboration among food safety agencies. It includes provisions to build inter-agency collaboration and capacity of food safety programs, and improve training of food safety officials.

WithoutWire™ Warehouse is a cost effective solution to help you manage the requirements that the act will impose to advance food safety.  Join our growing number of food and beverage manufacturing customers who are using this product. Learn more by visiting our website

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