Food & Beverage QMS Software FAQs

How often do food recalls actually occur?

Food recalls are more common than you may realize. They occur daily, and can have dire consequences on a food producer. The annual economic cost of a recall is $77 billion, and a recall costs food and beverage companies up to $10 million on average. These costs are attributed to removing and replacing the recalled product as well as any lost revenue from lost consumer confidence. Food recalls have gone up in the past decade with 1 in 6 Americans affected by foodborne illnesses in the past year, and 3,000 deaths associated with foodborne contaminates in the US.

What should I know about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)?

A rise in recalls have caused regulatory bodies to take action. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011, and it made sweeping changes to how food safety should be treated in the US.  First and foremost, it gave the FDA the power to force a recall and shut down a facility's operations. The FDA has the power to impose fines and penalties to companies that do not comply with the law's guidelines.

It also takes a preventative approach to food safety. In the past, regulations were geared towards response after a quality event took place. Food companies must now implement food safety hazard plans like HACCP and HARPC, which identify and analyze potential hazards, controls, and critical points in the food manufacturing process. Importers must also scrutinize their suppliers more through a supplier verification program outlined in the FSMA.

How can Sparta help ensure compliance regulatory agencies?

Sparta quality management system (QMS) software supports the guidelines expressed in the FSMA. It automates all quality processes into one central location. Users can create, track, and report on all workflows for quality process such as audit management, corrective and preventive actions (CAPAs), compliance management, facility registrations, and supplier quality management. Deviations and identified risks can be monitored and corrected before an event occurs. All data is compiled in one place which helps eliminate errors, redundancies, and lost information that occurs all too often with a manual, paper-based system. Aside from the FSMA, Sparta can also help you comply with:

  • ISO 22000
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF)
  • British Retail Consortium (BRC)
  • International Food Standard (IFS)

Sparta QMS software also integrates with your ERP, PLM, MES, and SCM systems for greater visibility and collaboration across your company and out to your supply chain.

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