TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 13, 2016) - The US Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law January 4, 2011 and enables the FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. This is achieved by focussing more on preventing food safety problems rather than reacting to problems after they occur.
AutoCoding Systems provides an automated solution for code assurance and packaging verification which helps food and beverage manufacturers avoid product recalls caused by coding errors, mislabelling or the use of incorrect packaging. This webinar will explain how we can assist manufacturers mitigate against specific food safety risks in line with FSMA guidelines relating to preventive rather than corrective action.
Undeclared allergens have consistently been a top trend for USDA and FDA recalls for the past several years. An article written by a number of FDA professionals (Steven M Gendel, PhD, Jianmei Zhu, PhD, Nichole Nolan, MPH and Kathy Gombas) and posted in the online edition of Food Safety Magazine (April/May 2014) cited two key reasons for the rise in this type of product recall:
- An increase in labeling errors caused by the use of incorrect, outdated or damaged data files in computerized on-site label printing systems
- The use of the wrong packaging, particularly where products with different allergens had very similar packaging
Food manufacturers are now required to establish and implement a food safety system that includes an analysis of the existing hazards and plans for new risk-based preventive controls for their operations. AutoCoding Systems can eliminate both of the above key elements for product recalls:
- By obtaining the product data from a reliable source, such as the ERP system
- By using 1D and 2D online barcode scanners to continually inspect the packaging
Aside from meeting the requirements of the FSMA, there are, of course, additional benefits to be gained from automatically setting up your packaging line equipment and in-line checking of your packaging.
The presentation will highlight some of these benefits which could considerably improve the efficiency of packaging lines and thereby increase overall throughput.
For more information or to register for this complimentary webinar visit: FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and the Role of Automation
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