The Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) spells dramatic change for companies in the food and beverage industry. While the FSMA has been around since 2011, many of the rules have only recently been finalized and published. The first FDA compliance audits begin this year.
For many food and beverage companies, the impact of the FSMA is huge.
A wide range of business processes they’ve been handling with paper logs and unconnected computerized systems need to be updated and transformed. For most of these companies, the best to way to achieve a timely, effective FMSA compliance is to invest in a comprehensive Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to collect and report their data.
We’ve put together an At-A-Glance guide to help food and beverage manufacturers better understand FMSA and compliance requirements. The guide provides a sense of why companies are turning to ERP solutions like Sage X3 to achieve compliance.
Know the top 3 FSMA provisions
- Preventive Controls. Food and beverage manufacturers are now required to show proof that they have FDA-mandated safety systems and measures (preventive controls) in place — even if no violation has been reported. Proof includes documentation of a wide range of manufacturing and shipping systems, including testing and auditing.
- Foreign supplier verification program. FSMA requires more extensive documentation for all imported products. Under the new Foreign Supplier Verification Program Proposed Rule (FSVP) you’ll need to up the level of quality and safety checks and documentation, including verification that foreign suppliers are themselves conducting a hazard analysis and other safety checks.
- Traceability and Transparency. For many manufacturers, the most challenging element of the FSMA involves new requirements of traceability. For most companies, this means significant investment in tracking and documenting supply chains.
All food and beverage companies are affected by the FSMA, though compliance deadlines are different based on company size. Again, the NexTec guide highlights some of these differences.
Explore the Sage ERP X3 solution
FSMA requires transparency about safety data at every stage of the food production cycle, from farming to distribution. A robust ERP system like Sage X3 helps you collect that data and produce easily readable reports. It handles data for tracking, traceability, and even business intelligence, giving you much greater control over not just safety but your own business processes.
Sage X3 is a product of The Sage Group, which specializes in business management software for small and medium-sized organizations. Sage X3 provides a powerful, highly customizable business software solution — including industry-leading mobile options for companies with a distributed workforce. As a Sage partner, NexTec helps companies, install, configure and customize ERP software.
Contact us and find out how your company can use Sage X3 to ensure FMSA compliance.