HOLMDEL, N.J. – Jan. 26, 2011 – On Jan. 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law one of the most comprehensive changes to U.S. food safety since the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. The Food Safety Modernization Act gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and related government agencies the authority to develop and enforce more stringent standards and more severe penalties for food manufacturers not in compliance with new regulations.
Across the industry, organizations can expect the upcoming changes to food safety standards to result in more frequent on-site audits and more rigorous testing requirements for food manufacturers; expanded authority for the FDA to initiate product recalls; additional records required in safety data collection; and stronger industry-wide safety standards.
Sparta Systems’ team of quality experts advises food manufacturers to proactively evaluate their quality and compliance processes in preparation for upcoming changes. The following are best practices for ensuring the safety of products delivered to consumers and for responding to quality incidents in a timely fashion:
Overall, the impending changes introduced by the Food Safety Modernization Act necessitate more effective quality processes in food manufacturers’ operations. The most successful businesses will critically examine the advanced technologies available in the marketplace that can help food manufacturers go above and beyond today’s governmental guidelines and prepare for tomorrow’s regulatory changes.
Sparta Systems, an industry pioneer and global leading
provider of enterprise quality management software (EQMS) solutions, enables
businesses to safely and efficiently deliver their products to market. Its TrackWise EQMS, a trusted
standard among highly regulated industries, is used by quality, manufacturing
and regulatory affairs professionals to manage compliance, reduce risk and
improve safety across the global enterprise. Headquartered in Hamilton, N.J.
and with locations across Europe and Asia, Sparta Systems maintains an
extensive install base in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology, medical device,
electronics manufacturing and consumer products markets. Read more about Sparta
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