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Putting in place food processes that facilitate traceability and recall

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has strengthened the FDA’s enforcement authority. The FDA now has the authority to not only mandate product recalls; the records and information they may request to see have increased as well. What has also gone up is the FDA’s documentation review authority.

Allergen mislabeling microbiological and foreign material contamination are the leading causes of Class I recalls. Given this fact, the need is for developing quality systems that result in good traceability and lessen the impact of a market withdrawal or even recall. Food organizations need to put in place a thorough traceability system that starts with the management team and includes the operators.

Putting a comprehensive system in place

This system should be a comprehensive one that must comprise everything from lot identification throughout the supply chain, to effectively reviewed recovery exercises. The teams in charge of these systems must be ready to quickly execute the plan in the event of an incident.

All this should not only streamline the traceability of the product and its documentation aspects; it should facilitate the ease with which a product recall is monitored and followed up, which will help bring down the cost of communication, product return and disposal. This has become all the more important and necessary with the federal government expected to put in additional funding aimed at allowing even greater sampling and inspection of products and facilities from the start of 2017.

Reducing recovery time for customers

Given that brand confidence takes a hit every time an alert gets issued; not having a well-oiled traceability and recall mechanism could mean increasing the recovery time for customer sales following a product recall and eventually, losing the customer.

All the nuts and bolts of putting a highly effective traceability system will be the topic of a highly useful webinar that is being organized by Compliance4All, a very accomplished provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance.

John Ryan, a Ph.D. who has been involved in the quality profession on an international basis in a variety of industries Quality Systems spanning the manufacturing, food, transportation and Internet industries over the past 30 years, will be the speaker at this webinar. To enroll for this webinar, register by logging on to http://www.compliance4all.com/control/w_product/~product_id=500998

A comprehensive understanding of all the areas of traceability and recall

Traceability could consist of quite a variety of potential applications ranging from simple case level bar code systems to more sophisticated satellite systems that include sensors for explosives and bacteria. John will explain these, along with test data from a number of these systems that will be shown in cross country and trans-ocean applications. He will also explore other elements of traceability, such as farm, distribution center, blending operations, and pallet level vs. container and case level systems.

John will explain the requirements and techniques useful in the event of quality deviation investigations and potential FDA Recalls. All the associated important areas of information such as identification, classification and protocols, and the technologies that are used at various price levels for tracking and recall, will be covered.

More technological aspects, such as an integrated food safety system model that uses traceability, food safety and recall data to demonstrate how computer technology can be used to reduce the time to recall products and reduce the impact to human health, will be discussed. The model is based on the FDA FSMA concept for risk reduction and uses predictive modeling to point investigators in the right direction in the minimum time.

The following areas will be covered at this webinar:

o  Self-reporting, Trade and Consumer and Classes of Recalls

o  FSMA expanded authority to stop and seize

o  Product and Process Vicarious Liability

o  Traceability standards, controls and practices

o  Overlooked transportation issues

o  ISO 22005 traceability standards

o  Current trends and common issues

o  Lot Identification at the case, pallet and container levels

o  Recall Classifications.

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