In an economy with rising costs, new regulations and changing safety standards, food processors are having an even tougher time remaining profitable. By focusing on monitoring and controlling costs related to food product production and storage, food processors and manufacturers can make measurable improvements in their business. Whether your company is involved in the manufacture, processing, warehousing or distribution of food, Datex has a software solution for your business.
With the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), food processors and manufacturers need more tools to ensure food safety. Using Datex FootPrint WMS food manufacturers and food processors have increased food product and inventory visibility and the ability to track and trace by Lot, UPC, SKU, vat code, ingredient and more. The Datex warehouse management system can provide reports with drill down capacity to allow food processors and food manufacturers with the ability to obtain highly detailed information in real time. Food product freshness and food safety are always primary concerns. Datex FootPrint WMS can handle and trace components, supplies and food products throughout processing and manufacture.
Datex FootPrint WMS supports a variety of mobile computing solutions. The system allows mobile system users to receive, putaway, pick, stage and count inventory, capture accessorial charges and much more. Using mobile computing solutions, barcodes and Datex FootPrint WMS streamlines business efficiency, increases productivity and provides greater operational accuracy.
Food Product Quality Control/Quality Assurance
- Quality assurance/quality control inspection capabilities
- Multiple simultaneous holds
- Tasting, sampling, inspection and quarantine schedules
- Tracks compliance and certification of finished product and ingredients
- Categorization of finished product and ingredients
Food Product Track and Trace
- Track and trace by Lot, SKU, UPC, vat code, ingredient and more
- Tracking of vendor Lot with vat code
- Lot track and trace by ingredient down to production line
- Track components and supplies throughout processing
Real Time Visibility
- Real time inventory visibility
- Can report on any data captured
- Drill down detail on reports
- Real time manufacturing and warehouse information available 24/7/365
Effective Food Product Inventory Management
- Temperature categories by location and SKU
- Temperature capture
- Multiple units of measure
- Catch weight management
- Barcode parsing and the ability to generate embedded barcodes
- Interfaces into scales, conveyor systems and fixed scanners
- System links to scales to provide automated scale tickets and receive bulk product into inventory
- Track movement of received goods waiting processing and packaging
- Track the production and packaging of finished goods
- Assign Lot numbers and/or expiration dates based upon production rules
- System produces Bill of Lading
- Country of origin labeling
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Learn More About How FSMA Will Impact Your Business
This new law adds to the compliance responsibilities of many food industry businesses and focuses on food safety crisis prevention rather than reaction to crisis.
Need to know more about the Food Safety Modernization Act?
Here is some more information act about some of the provisions:
FSMA § 101: FDA Enhanced Records Access Authority
This provision now requires food producers to keep detailed records of the manufacturing, packaging, and distribution process of every food product as well as about food safety and security protocols. If the FDA is able to determine that there is a reasonable probability of serious adverse health consequences related to an article of food, unrestricted access to all records related to the food product must be provided to the Secretary of HHS. Companies are required to maintain records tracing food products back to their origin for a minimum of two years.
FSMA § 206: Mandatory FDA Recall Authority
This provision allows the FDA to mandate product recalls in the event that they find a reasonable probability that an article of food will cause adverse health consequences to humans or animals. In the past, the FDA was only able to recommend but not require a product recall, except in the case of baby formula incidents. With this new provision, the number of food product recalls is expected to increase and become even more complex.
FSMA § 402: Whistleblower Protection
This provision was developed to increase the flow of information from within companies to encourage employees to provide information about potential violations. The provision protects those reporting potential violations, better enabling them to testify, assist and participate in proceedings against violations. Employers may not take adverse personnel actions or other employment actions against an employee who reports potential incidents or violations.
Some additional FSMA provisions include more frequent inspections of food facilities for both foreign and domestic locations, registration of food facilities, introduction of a foreign supplier verification program, improving the training of State, local, territorial and tribal food safety officials; and accreditation of third party auditors and laboratories for analyses of food. …
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Primer from the FDA
The “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act” video explains how the new law makes prevention from farm to table the basis of food safety. It describes how preventing problems before they occur is critical given today’s complex, global food supply and the emerging pathogens that are especially threatening to vulnerable populations. Finally, the video explains how the law applies to both domestic and imported foods, and to be successful requires that everyone in the food production process understands and accepts their responsibility. …
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More information is available on the FDA website http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm265429.htm
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