The United States Congress enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 to move from a reactive way of doing things to a more focused way of “preventing food safety problems rather than relying primarily on reacting…” stated the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The regulation expanded oversight from meat, dairy, eggs and processed foods to include fresh fruits and vegetables.
The purpose of the legislation and its counterparts around the world is to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. The impact on supply chains is great by implementing more stringent protocols, recordkeeping and reporting requirements to show that products stayed with compliant conditions from farm to table.
As a result, only knowing that products have been shipped and delivered is not enough. Stakeholders like you must have complete traceability through the value chain. Track and trace solutions help producers, processors, packagers, shippers and 3PL partners maintain a recorded chain of control and custody that can be reported to government agencies.
FSMA Compliance Challenges
Ensuring product authenticity and integrity through rigorous supply chain monitoring
Maintaining visibility and traceability throughout the supply chain
Meeting the documentation requirements
Investigating and removing illegitimate products
One in six people in the US get sick from foodborne diseases every year.1 FSMA aims to ensure that U.S. food is safe by preventing contamination of the food supply. The law applies to human food as well as to food for animals. Seven rules have been outlined and tied to specific actions at each point in the global supply chain to reduce contaminations. Among others, it comprises standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and storing produce, defines transportation requirements, supplier verifications and third-party certification. The reporting of all stages the contamination passed and got delivered to, must be done within 24 hours to ensure quick actions and prevent harm to consumers.
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