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Is your Warehouse Ready for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act?

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“Today, one out of six Americans gets sick from food-borne illness each year with 128,000 people ending up in the hospital and 3,000 people dying every year,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. The House of Representatives and the Senate have addressed this issue and recently passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which President Obama signed into law on January 4, 2011. Here’s a quick look at some of the provisions in the new law according to

  • Issuing recalls: For the first time, FDA will have the authority to order a recall of food products. Up to now, with the exception of infant formula, the FDA has had to rely on food manufacturers and distributors to recall food voluntarily.
  • Conducting inspections: The law calls for more frequent inspections and for those inspections to be based on risk. Foods and facilities that pose a greater risk to food safety will get the most attention.
  • Importing food: The law provides significant enhancements to FDA’s ability to oversee food produced in foreign countries and imported into the United States. Also, FDA has the authority to prevent a food from entering this country if the facility has refused U.S. inspection.
  • Preventing problems: Food facilities must have a written plan that spells out the possible problems that could affect the safety of their products. The plan would outline steps that the facility would take to help prevent those problems from occurring. 
  • Focusing on science and risk: The law establishes science-based standards for the safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables. This is an important step forward. These standards will consider both natural and man-made risks to the safety of fresh produce. 

Do you feel prepared to handle more inspections, manage recalls, follow new food import rules, take necessary prevention measures, and meet science based standards? Safely managing food supply is important for our country, and the provisions put in place by this new law require attention to your warehouse processes and proper management of your inventory.

You may also need to do assembly work within your warehouse for special promotions, including Kitting and Bill of Materials (BOM) assembly. With WithoutWire Warehouse, you can use the Kit Completion transaction within the web console to receive the newly kitted items into inventory and back-flush the raw material components from inventory. This transaction fully supports lot tracking and traceability at both the component and finished goods levels if required. The new finished goods can either be bin transferred into the warehouse and put-away or cross-docked to a ship staging location as required.

Contact us here at Appolis to learn how you can meet these new FDA standards without affecting your bottom line.

By Steve Dwyer of Appolis, Inc., a leading warehouse management Microsoft Dynamics ISV Partner.

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