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  • Sparta Systems’ Survey Finds Food & Beverage Companies Confident in FDA Regulation Preparedness

    HAMILTON, N.J. May 5, 2016 – A recent survey conducted by Sparta Systems, Inc., an industry pioneer and global leader in enterprise quality management software (EQMS) solutions, found that a majority (61 percent) of U.S. food and beverage (F&B) professionals feel confident their organizations are prepared to meet the increasingly strict requirements of the FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2016.
     
    The first reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years, FSMA aims to shift the focus from responding to contamination of food supply to preventing it—and nearly half (43 percent) agreed that the regulation will ultimately increase visibility and safety throughout the supply chain.
     
    Respondents from large or enterprise-level organizations were particularly certain in their organizations’ readiness for FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), which requires importers to perform risk-based tests to verify that foreign-manufactured food or food ingredients are as safe as those produced in the U.S.
     
    Despite the industry’s optimistic outlook, the survey also revealed a lack of automated systems for managing compliance across the supply chain: More than a third (38 percent) said their organizations manually track, manage and report food quality and safety, while 56 percent of respondents classified processes as partially automated. Only seven percent reported fully automated systems.
     
    “After FSMA was enacted in January 2011, and raised the industry standard for food safety, F&B companies saw a 41% increase in warning letters issued by the FDA as a result,” said Brandon Henning, Director of Industry Solutions at Sparta Systems. “FSMA regulations only stand to get tougher and more complex, which could prove particularly challenging for those managing compliance through manual or hybrid systems. It is critical now for organizations to adopt sustainable methods, such as EQMS solutions, that will ensure visibility into the food quality and safety processes of all suppliers and contract manufacturers.”

    Additional findings of the survey include:
    • Nearly 20 percent of respondents from medium-sized companies disagreed that their organizations were ready or had a clear strategy to be compliant with FSMA.
    • An overwhelming majority (93 percent) of respondents with job functions related to Quality Assurance agreed that supplier visibility is important to their organizations.
    • More than half of respondents (60 percent) believe “improved supply chain visibility” would help improve food quality and safety.
    • Additionally, 37 percent believe automation of quality and safety processes would yield a positive impact. 
    To access a full copy of the report, please visit: http://bit.ly/SSIFoodSurvey16.

     

    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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