Quality and Safety Software for Food & Beverage Companies
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. That impacts sales, market share, and consumer confidence.
Food Quality Regulatory Requirements are Growing
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, and is compelling food and beverage manufacturers to improve supplier and importer quality management procedures through the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).
Besides concerns on FSMA regulations, companies have the added challenge of managing the food 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.
Why Automate Food Safety Management Systems?
Unfortunately, many companies still rely on paper-based records or spreadsheets to document and manage audits, deviations, corrective and preventive actions (CAPA), and supplier management. This prevents information and updates from easily being shared with other facilities and creates inefficiencies in production and change procedures.
With quality management system (QMS) software, companies can automate food quality management processes to meet compliance requirements and changing regulations while still benefiting from a flexible, solution that can streamline quality information and food safety management processes across the enterprise.
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The Benefits of Sparta Solutions for Food & Beverage Companies
- Supports a complete food safety management system that monitors product from warehouse receiving, to production and packaging, and finally to QA testing before a product is shipped through the supply chain.
- Automates food quality processes and compiles global information in a single, centralized location.
- Uses a flexible configurable workflow platform to define, track, manage, and report on changing business processes to support food regulations, providing visibility currently lacking from existing systems.
- Provides a comprehensive audit trail with electronic signatures and parent-child records that is easy to query and audit, and eliminates errors and the inefficiencies of paper-based systems.
- Manages internal and external audits to monitor risks and deviations to reduce adverse events in the supply chain.
- Integrates with other ERP and IT systems to create a seamless system of visibility across the company and with suppliers and contract vendors.
- Offers on-demand reporting and dashboards to identify issues or track food safety management process efficiencies.
- Supports regulatory requirements to identify critical areas of concern and implement corrective and preventive action (CAPA) to support food and beverage quality control efforts of the organization.
- Supports requirements for: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), ISO 22000, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), British Retail Consortium (BRC), International Food Standard (IFS), and Safe Quality Food (SQF).
Your quality management processes and be linked to your CRM, ERP, and LIMS systems to provide a more complete view. This lowers your risk of recall events as well as the cycle times associated with change control, CAPAs, and supplier quality management. Sparta also enables you to comply with GMP standards and delivers efficient and effective integration across food and beverage management processes including: