What is it?
Traceability means a complete understanding of today’s complex food chain and testing at control points where contamination is likely to occur. Understanding the source of all raw ingredients, the CoA (Certificate of Analysis) report, other test results, and all associated documentation is critical. In the U.S. food is globally sourced, resulting in numerous challenges in quality assurance, shipping, labeling, storage, blending, testing, reporting, and traceability. Additionally, each area of the world has different approved testing methods and processes, and is subject to different potential contaminants. Data management is the foundation of reliable traceability.
Why is it important?
Not only is traceability important for food safety and to protect the consumer, it is also important in meeting regulatory requirements such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
U.S. consumers expect their food products to be affordable, consistent, and safe. CDC estimates that foodborne illness affect about one in six Americans (or 48 million people) each year. Of these 128,000 are hospitalized, and approximately 3,000 die.
Globally and nationally, government agencies have been proactive in establishing directives and food safety programs in order to identify and correct potential contamination in the food supply. These include: CODEX, ISO (International Standards Organization), and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), and FSMA. FSMA focuses on preventive action based on risk assessment.
How do you achieve it?
A LIMS is a critical tool for the success of food companies. It organizes and securely manages all aspects of food testing, facilitates regulatory compliance with data management and reporting, enhances communication within the organization, and maximizes productivity. Many food producers are concerned about protecting their brand and providing a high quality, consistent, and safe product to consumers while operating efficiently and at a profit. A LIMS allows them to meet all of these goals.
A quality LIMS provides a complete and secure solution to manage, track, and monitor batches of product from farm to table, enabling the traceability necessary for compliance and safety.
Is your organization concerned with food safety?
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