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  • The Food Safety Modernization Act: Best Practices for Manufacturers

    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:

    • Monitor critical processes, identify gaps and improve regulatory compliance with audit management.  While regulatory compliance questions are being raised in light of recent food safety headlines, manufacturers should always implement proactive measures to collect data resulting from supply quality incidents, take the necessary steps to investigate these incidents and report all critical data to regulators. 
    • Safeguard supply quality with enterprise-wide supplier quality management tools.  As food manufacturers source ingredients from more suppliers and locations around the globe, manufacturers need to identify and manage risks across the supply chain to protect both company stakeholders and, more importantly, consumers.
    • Manage, track and report on nonconformances, investigations, complaints and other processes in food manufacturing operations.  Food and beverage manufacturers need a holistic and centralized system in place to quickly respond to supply quality issues and limit the impact of incidents that can lead to a brand-damaging recall.

    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.


    About Sparta Systems

    Founded in 1994, Sparta Systems is the world’s premier provider of cloud and on-premise quality management software. We offer the solutions, analytics, and expertise that speed up quality and compliance. Our solutions help to lower risk, increase efficiency, and keep consumers safe while allowing manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors to collaborate in a seamless and integrated environment. Sparta is privately owned and headquartered in Hamilton N.J, with offices across Europe and Asia. We support close to 1 million users across 700+ implementations, in more than 30 countries. Companies in life sciences, consumer products, discrete manufacturing and more, rely on Sparta.

 
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