Food production is complicated and things can somtimes ‘go bad’ in more way than one. Without a food processing ERP system in place, it is difficult (if not impossible) for food and beverage manufacturers to track raw materials through the production process to the packaged finished goods shipped to customers. If you’re manaing that information manually, what will you do in the event of a recall due to unsafe ingredients, spoiled items, or contamination?
Failure to handle a recall productively can result in legal and economic repercussions as well as negative publicity, lost sales, and lost customers. It is important to be ready to handle a recall by implementing the proper recall management process and tools.
With food processing ERP software will allow you to leverage the information you need in minutes. ERP systems designed for food and beverage manufacturers include specialized reports and workflow to streamline the recall process facilitating prompt notification to government agencies, customers, and vendors. You can also isolate questionable ingredients and contain them so that they are not made available for production until they pass a full quality assurance inspection. The quarantine hold also prevents the products from being sold to customers until it is clear if they are safe.
Manual paper-based processes or spreadsheets are not as fast and can take hours or days sorting through hundreds of paper-based records to find out which finished good batches contained the questionable ingredients. In fact, a recent survey revelaed that 51.6% of those surveyed said it would take them over 48 hours to execute a recall! In that amount of time thousands, even millions of people could consume food that could make them sick, hospitalize them, or even worse. All of which would result in significant blows to your company’s wallet and reputation- you could even be shut down.
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