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3 Key Principles of Recall Preparedness Every Manufacturer Should Know

Food and Beverages | Thursday, August 06, 2020

ERP is given a lot of importance in the food and beverage industry. What role does it play in recall prevention and preparedness?

FREMONT, CA: It is expected from food and beverage manufacturers to quickly and effectively respond to the recall of products deemed insecure for the market, as the outcomes for not doing so can negatively affect both financially and legally.

ERP solutions have empowered enterprises to be better equipped to plan for, prevent and reduce recalls, and minimize the potential negative effects.

Implementing an industry-specific ERP solution supports companies with recall preparation and completion with an ultimate objective for overall prevention.

Data Integrity

It is the first principle of recall preparedness. Data integrity displays concrete proof and documentation that enterprises have followed all of the recall procedures of the FDA.

An ERP solution can handle massive amounts of data from various sources. It offers an accessible and real-time information repository. 

With one version of the truth, ERP software handles data in a safe, controlled, and auditable format, thus enhancing accountability and accuracy. According to FSMA guidelines, the ERP system assists with the strict data management techniques required, including the type of data, recording procedure, the timing, and choosing the responsible employee.

Good manufacturing processes

This next principle offers further assistance with recall preparedness by maintaining sound manufacturing processes. ERP solutions maintain product visibility and safety, with forward and backward IoT traceability and tracking in the supply chain from raw elements to finished goods, thus tracking a product or ingredient from farm to fork through barcode scanning.

The software efficiently handles precise product labeling, including nutrient analysis, ingredient and allergen statements, lot/batch numbers, and expiration dates to enable items to be identified and located faster during recall.

Mock Recall

It is the most crucial principle of recall preparedness. Mock recalls are a practice performed for showing the recall plan’s reliability and for ensuring processes are functioning accurately. Using the recall functionality in the ERP solution leads to efficient and easy execution of practice mock recall.

Conducted regularly, a mock recall’s purpose is to detect and locate 100 percent of contaminated products/ingredients and inform clients, governmental agencies, and vendors in a simulated exercise of a contamination activity on time.

Since companies are oblivious to the occurrence of a product recall, the preventive and reparative benefits that ERP solution offers lessens the recall’s negative effects.

An integrated ERP system, along with its preventative controls, combined with good manufacturing processes, data integrity, and mock retail, helps in mitigating the negative outcomes of unsafe products entering the marketplace. In this way, the ERP system gives manufacturers a competitive edge in an intricate and fast-paced market.

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