By Jack Payne, Vice President Of Solution Consulting For Process Manufacturing at Aptean
Food safety issues have come to the forefront in recent years. High-profile incidences of contamination, such as Blue Bell’s listeria outbreak and General Mills’ gluten recall, have contributed to a greater need for traceability solutions. As a food manufacturer, packager, or distributor, it is your ultimate responsibility to give customers, retailers, certification boards, and government agencies a view of the journey, all the way back to its origins. With FSMA taking a proactive stance — shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it — implementing and executing an electronic traceability system is more important than ever.
How FSMA Addresses Traceability
Prior to FSMA, the record-keeping requirements in place related to traceability came from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) from 2000 and the Bioterrorism Act of 2002. As a result of this act, many companies already have internal traceability methods set up. However, without electronic traceability controls, data often cannot be easily shared in a timely manner externally with partners, customers, and suppliers.
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