What you put into your body is important. That is why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) heavily regulates the food and beverage industry. If you own or plan to open a business in this industry, being FDA compliant is critical.
In addition to actual foods and beverages, the FDA also regulates:
- Food processing
- Food safety
- Food labeling
- Food packaging
- Food retail
- Food distribution
Why the FDA Regulates Things that Aren't Ingestible
While these things are not ingestible foods/drinks, the FDA regulates them because they are part of the process of creating ingestible foods/drinks. The only way to ensure that these products are FDA compliant is to ensure that the processes that create them are also FDA compliant. In essence, the FDA is creating preventive controls that oversee the processes used by businesses in the industry. Since much of the oversight involves process control, businesses need efficient and effective ways to define, track, and monitor processes so that we have safe ingestible products.
Using Software for Compliance
To comply with FDA regulations, businesses have turned to business intelligence software — but not just any business software. If a business doesn’t choose a tool that’s programmed specifically for the food and beverage industry, it won’t have the functionality to support the collection of regulatory data necessary for government reporting and FDA compliance.
Due to the ever-changing nature of regulations, specific industry tools are better suited to track historical transactions and produce an audit trail for businesses to reference. They cover all aspects of production, including compliance, quality assurance, recipe management, product and process costing, and order fulfillment. The best part about this software is that it is all-inclusive – having all those aspects covered in one place allows you to quickly assess the health of your businesses at all stages of production.
Southeast Computer Solutions has years of experience helping food and beverage companies choose the right solutions for their businesses. Contact them today for more information.
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About Southeast Computer Solutions
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