Food Safety in 2020: Everything You Need to Know
With the increase of foodborne diseases and contamination, food regulations keep evolving, as well as customer expectations. That’s why food manufacturers and distributors should realize that food safety and quality have become a shared responsibility, not a competition.
Do you want to be one step ahead of food safety regulations in 2020? Read on to learn how new technologies can help your organization comply with the new requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
What Is the FSMA and How Does It Impact the Food Industry?
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), one of the most critical reforms of food safety laws, was signed into law on January 4, 2011. Its primary focus is to ensure that food manufacturers and distributors proactively work to prevent food supply contamination, rather than just responding to issues after-the-fact.
According to the FDA, “three of the rules created to implement FSMA – Preventive Controls for Human Foods, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs – require co-manufacturers that are receiving facilities and/or importers that produce food for the brand owners to approve suppliers and conduct certain supplier verification activities. These requirements are designed to ensure suppliers are addressing hazards requiring a supply-chain-applied control.”
With a recent USDA report showing that more than half of the foods tested had pesticide residues, there’s no doubt that there is still much work to be done when it comes to making the goals of the FSMA a reality.
Consequently, food industry executives have to make sure their enterprises are complying with the latest regulations to ensure food quality from farm to fork.
2020-2021 Compliance Dates to Remember:
|GFSI-based standard||FSSC 22000 Version 5||Auditable from Jan. 1, 2020|
U.S. FSMA Final Rules
|PRODUCE SAFETY rule compliance for all produce types (for all farm sizes); other produce (remaining water requirements for large farms); other produce (very small farms except certain water requirements)||
Jan. 27, 2020
|FOREIGN SUPPLIER VERIFICATION PROGRAM rule compliance for importers of animal food whose foreign supplier is a qualified facility (including very small businesses) subject to PCAF, PC but not CGMP requirements||
March 17, 2020
|INTENTIONAL ADULTERATION rule for small businesses||July 27, 2020|
|FOREIGN SUPPLIER VERIFICATION PROGRAM rule compliance for importers whose very small business foreign supplier is subject to the Produce Safety rule||
July 27, 2020
So, how will new food safety regulations impact food manufacturers, and what solutions are they planning on implementing to adhere to them? We’ve asked a few food industry experts to provide their insights, and here’s what they’ve got to say.
“We anticipate that there will be a higher level of scrutiny on ingredients in 2020. Discount retailer Dollar Tree was warned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month that over-the-counter drugs found in its stores were coming from suspect foreign manufacturers in China. As this unfortunate situation illustrates, there are significant concerns with the quality of food ingredients currently being imported into the U.S., and there is a flood of adulterated products entering the market from unknown sources. For example, some manufacturers are using fermented E. coli to accelerate the production of generic beta-Alanine.
As an industry, we need to push for more scrutiny and transparency, not just because consumers are growing increasingly savvy about reading labels and understanding the origins of their food, but because of the inherent risk involved with allowing untested ingredients to enter the market.
As manufacturing rules continue to be bent in the interest of higher profit margins, there is genuine cause for concern that it is only a matter of time until a perfectly avoidable consumer public health incident occurs. And if that transpires, the entire sports nutrition category will be tainted.
We believe the FDA can and will have a dramatic positive effect on the quality of domestically sold dietary ingredients if they are proactive about issuing Import Alerts on materials that have not gone through the robust NDI filing process and achieved recognition by the Agency. We plan to work with the FDA and our industry in 2020 to assure American consumers that the products available to them are indeed safe.”
Mark LeDoux, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Natural Alternatives International
“FDA recently announced that it would not require compliance with the 2016 nutrition labeling rules until July 1, 2020, for specific companies. This will affect private label distributors more than the contract manufacturers because it is responsible for exchanging products directly with the consumers. FDA also states that the supplier of food ingredients will be responsible for the accuracy of information about products; this tends to make sure that suppliers should be compliant with regulations.
Similarly, USDA is also offering a buffer period for enforcement of the bioengineering disclosure rule until January 1, 2020. These changes in law seem that it will not affect the business negatively.
These regulations will bring more transparency in the food industry and will help consumers in finding accurate information about market product ingredients instead of the misleading promotional stats.
To be fully compliant, companies need insight into their complete supply chain, from the base ingredient to finished packaged product. The food manufacturer or distributor needs to plan precisely and detailed, monitoring the execution and assessment of the quality.”
CJ Xia, VP of Marketing & Sales at Boster Biological Technology
If you’re a food safety, quality, and compliance executive, you won’t want to miss out on the premier food safety event, North American Food Safety & Quality 2020 (NAFS20), which will be held in Chicago on June 2-3, 2020. It will help you learn more about FSMA and be in the loop about the latest food safety regulations and system innovations.
What is the Best Way to Invest in Modern Food Safety?
Relying on the government to prevent foodborne diseases and contamination isn’t enough. If you want to keep both your business and your consumers safe, you have to turn to new technologies to always be one step ahead of the regulations. Here’s where ERP solutions come in handy.
Our unique food ERP system, bcFood, will help you keep up with the current food safety regulations by using real-time data and implementing internal standards. Here’s how your enterprise can benefit from the bcFood ERP system:
Create viable internal food safety rules
Our ERP system’s features such as Advanced Lot Management, Hold Management, and Quality Assurance/Quality Control will ensure both your employees and suppliers are well aware of the internal standards you define. Since food contamination can happen during transportation, preparation, or while in storage, it’s crucial to establish mutually understood rules.
Rely on the latest data to get the most useful insights
To make data-driven decisions concerning food safety, you need to have access to real-time data. bcFood’s Crop Years, Lot on Line, Countries of Origin, and Item Nutrients/Allergens are just some of the features that provide you with the most necessary information to analyze your food production process efficiently and implement changes for further supply chain improvement.
Stay consistent when implementing new standards
It’s not hard to write the rules down. But how do you make sure everyone is following them? bcFood’s all-in-one ERP solution will help you keep both managers and suppliers accountable for sustaining regulatory compliance. Our Mobile Warehouse and Customer/Partner Portal will help you ensure your company implements all of the new regulations appropriately and follows them accordingly.
2020 is already here, so food manufacturers and distributors should act fast when it comes to recording reliable food safety data. Complying with FSMA regulations, modernization of food production lines, regional food safety development, further adoption of hygienic design elements, and entering the “smart tech” food era are the top five trends that will influence the food industry this year. bcFood can help your organization outline, boost, and improve its food safety standards with the help of real-time data and process automations. Let modern technology be the driving force of your business. Learn more about the benefits of implementing our powerful all-in-one ERP solution and start creating a prevention-based food safety culture today.