Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Regulation: Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule

Industry: Food & Beverage

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food requires food and beverage manufacturers to establish and implement a food safety system that includes an analysis of hazards and risk-based preventive controls.

The FSMA is a major step in shifting focus from how food and beverage manufacturers, suppliers and retailers respond to food contamination to how they prevent food contamination in the first place. How?

  1. FSMA shifts more power over food safety controls from companies to the FDA because, for the first time, the FDA will have mandatory recall authority and the ability to keep suspect food from being shipped.
  2. The FSMA calls for increased preventive controls from food and beverage manufacturers themselves. It requires companies to either establish or enhance operations, plans and procedures for preventing food safety issues, including product recalls.
  3. It requires food and beverage suppliers, manufacturers and retailers to rely more on emerging products and technologies that help keep food safe.

As of August 30, 2016, food and beverage companies must comply with the FSMA's Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, including the requirement to have a product recall plan.

Labeling accuracy is one of the food and beverage industry's biggest allies in recall prevention. TEKLYNX barcode and RFID labeling software solutions provide food and beverage manufacturers, suppliers and retailers with barcode label software solutions that help increase labeling accuracy, because the software itself significantly reduces the room for human error throughout the labeling process.

In addition to recall prevention, labeling accuracy plays a key role once a product recall is initiated because it allows companies to quickly identify, locate and remove affected products. Barcode labeling software solutions prove invaluable on the back end of a recall because the software enables a full view into labeling history. In a few simple clicks, food and beverage manufacturers can identify the products impacted by a given recall, reducing the amount of time required to locate the products and expedite the recall.


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