Food safety requirements evolve and change every day and food manufacturers must remain vigilant and up-to-date. Food safety topics industry insiders are monitoring as we head into 2023 include:
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s drive toward modernization, which, broadly speaking, seeks to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply by shifting the focus to preventing the contamination of the food supply, rather than simply responding to it.
- Protocols flowing from California’s Prop 65, which requires businesses to warn of exposure to chemicals which may cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
- Shifting rules around the additive silicon dioxide, which is used by food manufacturers as an anti-caking agent in spices and creamers.
- New mandates around the labeling of certified gluten free products.
- Requirements flowing from the BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard—a framework adopted by more than 130 countries designed to manage product safety, integrity, legality, and quality.
To survive and thrive, key staff must remain vigilant
Quality, Research & Development, and other critical food manufacturing staff need to be on top of food safety from the development through the delivery of each and every product they touch. According to Food Engineering Magazine, repeat sales depend on ensuring that a product continually meets the quality and safety expectations of the customer. “If a product makes one sick, is involved in a recall, or the consumer finds a foreign material in an item, the consumer may never buy that item again. Even worse, people who have a bad experience tend to talk.”
New Challenges require new tools
Tracking food safety procedures and processes requires meticulous attention to detail and careful record keeping. But keeping up with changing standards is extremely difficult without proper tools such as a PLM purpose built for the job. Yes, creating a robust safety culture is hard work, but the right technology can make the journey less daunting.
Why you need a formula-based PLM
A state-of-the-art Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tool like Devex PLM for Food & Beverage makes it easy to implement standards and protocols company-wide, and to respond quickly to regulatory changes or product or ingredient recalls.
From idea to label, Devex PLM facilitates safety initiatives such as ingredient tracking, and empowers manufacturers to remain nimble in the face of fluctuating conditions.
As detailed by SourceForge, Devex PLM “provides integrated tools and processes that boost the visibility, harmonization, validation and traceability of the data and actions performed at each stage of your product lifecycle, all contained inside of a single, centralized system. With Devex PLM, you can bring better products to market faster, with lower costs and with higher safety.”
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