Final mandates published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Dec. 6, 2004 require food and beverage manufacturers to be able to track food products throughout the entire supply chain by December 2006. Companies must also maintain supply chain records for up to two years and be able to supply records within 24 hours of an FDA request in order to help protect consumers against bioterrorism in the food chain.
Wisconsin-based RedPrairie Corp. recently announced that its supply chain solutions provide food and beverage manufacturers with the necessary tools to support compliance with these new FDA regulations.
According to the company, its warehouse management system contains data structures necessary to support the FDA’s detailed record requirements, including: contact information for the immediate transporter and subsequent recipients, specific vendor and supplier contact information and email addresses, type of food, brand name and specific variety, date released, quantity and type of packaging. RedPrairie customers are also able to define how long they want to store this transaction history.
“RedPrairie recognizes that government regulation increasingly impacts the way our customers do business,” noted RedPrairie leader, John Jazwiec. “In response to recent mandates, RedPrairie enables our leading customers to track FDA required information.”