With the increasingly global nature of the food and supplement industries, quality assurance regulations have become incredibly complex. Despite this evolution, a surprising number of companies still rely on a paper based system for their hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) plan. HACCP is an internationally recognized system of proactivity in the management of a company’s quality and safety obligations. The FDA requires manufacturers to have some sort of HACCP in place.
How does HACCP fit in and why it’s important
There are a growing number of businesses in the industry adopting more modern solutions to a HACCP plan. Finding a business size appropriate software solution is the direction these forward thinking companies are going. The software solution or full-scale Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system will streamline their response to issues when they arise. A good solution will help the company maximize their manufacturing processes too.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the rates of food-borne illness have remained about the same annually in the past decade. That said, recalls have been on a rise, especially since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has more authority to monitor and regulate food and supplement manufacturers in an effort to keep the public safe. The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) says overall, food recalls have increased 10% from 2013 to 2018.
These numbers shouldn’t frighten food and supplement manufacturers, however. PIRG goes on to say that this is likely a result of more advanced identification and detection techniques. The numbers are also likely higher due to companies executing more voluntary recalls. Recalls are more easily executed or ideally avoided through the use of well thought out HACCP plans.
Compliance doesn’t have to be hard
An ERP system, big or small, which incorporates quality management, gives a business a leg up on the competition. Companies looking to enlist the help of more advanced software can catch problems as they arise. This is to help prevent the event of a costly recall. More importantly, they more easily create a high-quality product. A solid ERP system helps with developing plans for HACCP. When an issue arises, the system aids in the development of corrective and preventative actions (CAPA)’s too.
A system integrating quality and manufacturing processes, known as Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS), can pave the way for growth. EQMS and ERP might have a company rethink their manufacturing process. Similarly, a company might pursue advanced certifications like SQF. To succeed, they will need to show consistent documentation and a history of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP’s). Manufacturers and contractors may be requested for an audit from potential customers if they are supplying another business in the industry. A quality and safety minded ERP is a platform for any company to achieve their goals.