Food quality and safety management is becoming more important to consumers who have seen the number of highly publicized product recalls increase over the last decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick and 3,000 die of foodborne illnesses. As a result, food and beverage companies incur unexpected costs to remove, destroy and replace product from the supply chain, which can impact sales, market share and consumer confidence.
Due to the increasing number of food recalls, regulators are implementing new food and beverage quality standards and requirements to ensure that the food that enters the supply chain is safe for consumers. The most recent regulation, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), now provides the FDA with the power to force a food recall and suspend facility operations, as opposed to letting a brand owner make the decision to recall a product. Organizations are implementing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans to identify and implement preventive controls to protect food during the production and preparation processes.
Besides regulatory concerns, companies have the added challenge of managing the quality of global suppliers, third party manufacturers and contract packagers to ensure that products are on time and meet food and beverage quality and compliance requirements.
Unfortunately, many companies in this industry are still relying on paper-based records or spreadsheet to document and manage such quality processes as audits, deviations and corrective and preventive actions (CAPA) or supplier management. This prevents information and updates to be shared with other facilities and creates inefficiencies in production and change procedures that have been implemented.
With TrackWise, companies in the Food & Beverage industry can automate food quality management processes to meet compliance requirements and changing regulations while still benefiting from a flexible, enterprise quality management solution that can streamline quality information and processes across the enterprise.
TrackWise automates food quality management processes and integrates this information to other disparate IT systems, to provide the granular level visibility that is currently missing from existing systems. Companies have seen measurable reductions in the number of recall events as well as the cycle times associated with change control, CAPAs and supply quality management.