As global food consumption continues to grow, the food safety landscape is also changing fast. Recent high-profile food recalls and outbreaks of food-borne illnesses have triggered increased public scrutiny. For example, a Harvard School of Public Health survey (i) following the 2010 shell egg recall showed that 84% of respondents had heard about the recall, nearly 40% checked their egg cartons for identifying information, and 14% had stopped eating eggs entirely. Such high level of public awareness is prompting the FDA and Congress to tighten the reins on the food and beverage industry.
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The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in January 2011, dramatically strengthened the FDA's authority and enforcement capabilities within the food and beverage industries. The law imposes new requirements, such as:
Complying with the FSMA’s requirements will undoubtedly cost money. But noncompliance that could lead to food recalls could be even more costly. Food growers, processors, and retailers saw a $201.9 million decline in spinach sales following the outbreak of E. coli disease in 2006. The peanut recall in 2009 was estimated to have cost the food industry more than $1 billion. In addition to reduced sales, any food or beverage recall also entails hundreds of millions of dollars in product-recall insurance costs, not to mention fines and litigation costs.
The food and beverage industry face the twin demands of complying with new FSMA requirements and at the same time controlling business costs. Is your company equipped to do both?
MasterControl quality and compliance software is designed for companies in regulated environments — companies that comply with FDA regulations or EC directives and regulations and those that adhere to ISO standards or European Union GMP or other standards.
To comply with the FSMA, MasterControl can help you:
MasterControl document control and process management systems are designed to automate and streamline the quality management systems of regulated companies, including food and beverage companies. MasterControl's quality management system was also recently selected by the FDA for internal use in the Office of Regulatory Affairs.
If you are not ready for a software solution yet, MasterControl has both in-house expertise as well as a network of partners that can assist you with your regulatory or quality needs.
Compliance is very important, but compliance for compliance’ sake doesn’t always make business sense. A compliance software solution should also make your processes and your company more efficient. Here are a few ways in which MasterControl can help increase food and beverage companies efficiency:
Many food and beverage companies would like to implement an efficient and automated food safety quality management system. However, they often find it difficult to justify the initial expense and will often encounter objections from various stakeholders, like the ones outlined below.
To learn more about MasterControl's food safety software solutions for the food and beverage industry, please feel free to contact a MasterControl representative.