How Often Do Food Recalls Actually Occur?
Food recalls are more common than you may think. Food recalls occur daily, and they can have dire consequences on a food producer. The annual economic cost of a recall is $77 billion, and a recall could cost an organization up to $10 million on average. These costs are attributed to removing and replacing the recalled product as well as any lost revenue from lost consumer confidence. Food recalls have gone up in the past decade due to an increase in foodborne illnesses with 1 in 6 Americans affected by foodborne illnesses in the past year, and 3,000 deaths associated with foodborne contaminates in the US.
What Should I Know About the Food Safety Modernization Act?
A rise in recalls have caused regulatory bodies to take action. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011, and it made sweeping changes to how food safety should be treated in this country. First and foremost, it gave the FDA the power to force a recall and shut down a facility's operations. The FDA has the power to impose fines and penalties to companies that do not comply with the law's guidelines.
It also takes a preventative approach to food safety. In the past, regulations were geared towards response after a quality event took place. Food companies must now implement food safety hazard plans like HACCP and HARPC, which identify and analyze potential hazards, controls, and critical points in the food manufacturing process. Importers must also scrutinize their suppliers more through a supplier verification program outlined in the FSMA.
How Can TrackWise Ensure Compliance with the FSMA and Other Regulations Regarding Quality?
TrackWise, a web-based EQMS solution, supports the guidelines expressed in the FSMA. It automates all quality processes into one central location, so users can create, track, and report on all workflows for quality process such as audit management, Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPAs), compliance management, facility registrations, and supplier quality management. Deviations and identified risks can be monitored and corrected before an event occurs. All data is compiled in one place which helps eliminate errors, redundancies, and lost information that occurs all too often with a manual, paper-based system.
Through Stratas, a cloud-based portal, importers can implement supplier quality management solutions, including supplier score cards, supplier qualification workflows, and tracking systems for supplier nonconformances and resulting actions. If there is a customer complaint, TrackWise customer complaint management software can help organizations respond and remediate the issue quickly.
The FSMA is just one of many regulations food companies face. TrackWise also can be used for:
- Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
- Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
- Safe Quality Food (SQF)
- British Retail Consortium (BRC)
- International Food Standard (IFS)
TrackWise can ensure compliance with these regulations to improve quality, mitigate the risk of a recall, and increase consumer confidence in your products. TrackWise also integrates easily with other enterprise applications like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), and Supply Chain Management (SCM) to ensure one holistic approach to quality management throughout the supply chain.
Besides the Food and Beverage Industry, What Other Consumer Products Industries Have Used TrackWise?
TrackWise has been implemented by organizations in both the personal care and cosmetics industry and the tobacco industry to improve quality, shorten product time to market, meet compliance, and reduce redundancies and waste in the production process.
The personal care and cosmetics industry is becoming increasingly regulated and more attention is being paid to marketing, claims made about products, and how products are registered. TrackWise has helped these companies comply with GMP standards, manage risk, and improve quality across the supply chain.