Expectations of Food Traceability Increase as FDA Releases New FSMA Rule

Posted on 
October 20, 2020
Adam Fugate
VP, Customer Solutions, Specright

As the FDA further refines the Food Safety Blueprint released earlier this year, more detailed rules and regulations have emerged. At the end of September, the FDA proposed a new rule that increases traceability of “high-risk” foods, i.e. foods that easily spoil or have allergens.The new rule is both a part of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety and completes section 204 of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). The FDA’s goal is to phase out the paper trails and inefficiencies surrounding food traceability, starting with foods that pose the greatest risks.The ‘High-Risk’ Foods Include:

  • Fresh herbs
  • Leafy greens
  • Sprouts
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Nut butters & more

Are You Ready for the New Era of Smarter Food Safety?

With this rule, the FDA is setting an expectation that companies are able to pull up detailed traceability information about any given product. Information specifically cited includes lot codes, product description, date of shipment, and date the product was received. But for most companies, this data lives in silos. If the FDA walked through the door today, they wouldn’t be able to access the data they need to prove compliance.

Enter Specification Management, the solution to quality and food safety.

By managing products at the specification level, you can tie all related data from the supply chain to a single product, increasing visibility and accessibility. Link any quality and regulatory actions to a finished good, creating an all-inclusive digital product roadmap that puts the right data in the right hands. Specification Management software is built for change, so no matter what new standards or regulations emerge, you can easily configure it to meet your needs.

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