By Jack Payne
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires manufacturers and processors to evaluate and identify food safety hazards, implement preventive controls and document those measures. Many companies see these regulations as a means of raising the bar for the food and beverage industry. It could be argued that standards are long overdue. Consumer confidence in food manufacturers is low. According to the 2016 Food and Health Survey conducted by the International Food Information Council Foundation, only 10 percent of respondents view manufacturers as trusted source for food safety.
More educated consumers combined with tougher industry standards are creating an environment where food manufacturers need to take additional steps to ensure their processes can meet these expectations. An ERP system specifically designed for food manufacturers will benefit a company as they comply with FSMA regulations regarding preventive controls, traceability and documentation. Forward-thinking businesses are going even further by exploiting the full capabilities of the system in order to improve efficiencies, reduce costs, increase margins and increase customer service levels.