When the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act was first introduced in 2011, its aim was to increase oversight into food manufacturing quality. Now, further changes are being anticipated by both domestic and international farmers who are forced to comply with the law.
In response to this rule, however, many industry leaders have voiced concerns about the law’s restrictions around fertilizer, pesticide and irrigation usage. As a result, the FDA is currently taking industry-wide comments for its upcoming Environmental Impact Statement. The statement is designed to review the law to make sure that it properly addresses the aforementioned issues. Currently, there is an open comment period in effect until November 15.
While the scope of the reform is still unknown, it is anticipated that regulatory oversight is going to be required at every step of the supply chain. This would affect those who sell produce, as well as those who grow it. In the case of a government audit, distributors will have to provide accurate data as to where and how the food was grown.
For distributors, this could present a major challenge if not properly prepared for. Farmers, therefore, need a quick and easy audit solution. This solution can come in the form a single manufacturing quality control hub. Using mobile technology, a farmer could punch data directly into a smartphone or tablet at a grow site which will then transmit the information into a secure, remote database. When the time comes for an audit, there will be no need to rummage through paperwork to produce evidence of compliance.
While it makes sense to prepare early for increased government oversight, right now having access to statistical process control software is a competitive advantage that will benefit everyone on the supply chain. For more information on how your company can gain this competitive advantage, please click here.