Learn how to meet the challenges of the most
sweeping change in federal food and beverage
regulation in a decade.
Are you prepared for the Food Safety Modernization Act?
In the aftermath of the 9/11, food security became part of national security. Ten years later,
the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. The regulation greatly
expands the powers of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and measurably increases
the regulatory burden on food and beverage companies.
The food and beverage industry team at Sage has uncovered key components of FSMA, and
best practices for adapting to the new regulatory environment. We invite you to utilize this
Sage at-a-glance guide to drive effective FSMA compliance strategies.
Once FSMA becomes law, food and beverage manufacturers must prove that their operations
are running with proper product safety prior to going to market, rather than merely becoming
accountable after a safety violation. This will necessitate a new focus on risk assessment, food
safety, and transparency. Most likely, your business will need to invest in expanded testing,
documentation, and auditing to maintain compliance.
Failure to comply can lead to mandatory recalls, enhanced inspections, costly penalties, and
even lawsuits. All of which is why now may be the perfect time to replace the complexity of
ERP with a faster, more flexible business-management solution.
FDA compliance audits are set to begin in 2016.
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Top three provisions of FSMA for food and beverage manufacturers.
Preventive controls are being implemented to mandate robust food safety plans throughout
the food industry. For many companies, this will require a substantial investment in hazard
analysis and a new or expanded food safety plan
Foreign supplier verification program
The Foreign Supplier Verification Program Proposed Rule (FSVP) is an element of the act that
requires more stringent checks on the quality and safety of imported products, as well as
greatly expanded recordkeeping. Manufacturers will be expected to keep a current suppliers
list for the FDA and must verify that suppliers are conducting hazard analysis, among
Traceability and transparency
No element of the FSMA will have more impact than the “One Step Forward and One Step
Back” traceability requirements, which are included in the category of “food defense.”
Manufacturers will need to invest in more efficient and accurate tracking along their supply
chains in order to comply with the transparency office.
Although the FSMA was signed into law in January 2011, the FDA has spent the last four years
writing, reviewing, and finalizing regulations. The first rules and guidelines were published in
August 2015. FDA compliance audits are set to begin in 2016.
Even producers of alcoholic beverages, whose industry is not regulated by the FDA, will be
affected. “Small” companies with less than 500 employees will have to be in compliance by
2017. The deadline for “larger” companies is 2016. Visit the FDA site for the complete details.
No food or beverage company is unaffected by the FSMA.
Sage X3 is technology that adapts to the ever-changing enterprise.
Sage X3 takes the complexity out of running your food and beverage business, leaving you lean and ready for whatever comes next. This modern
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Rule Final rule deadline Compliance: non-small Compliance: small
human food 8/30/15 1 year 2 years
6 months after
preventive control rule
2 years after preventive
control rule becomes
Produce safety 10/31/15 2 years 3 years
Food defense 5/31/16 1 year 2 years
Sanitary transport 3/31/16 1 year 2 years
accreditation 10/31/15 N/A N/A
Looking for a deeper dive into these timely issues? Download the Sage white paper,
What food manufacturers need to know about the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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For additional information about the FSMA, streamlining transparency in food
manufacturing, or resolving resource management challenges, visit our Sage X3 food
industry resource center or call 1-866-530-7243.
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As the FSMA rolls out, Sage X3 provides vital support to food manufacturers, often
helping them avoid increased overhead despite expanding their compliance and
transparency programs. With Sage X3 you can track your suppliers, lots and processes,
and easily provide essential documentation to everyone who needs access.
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Source: The Acheson Group
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