A transparent, end-to-end supply chain doesn’t just streamline operations, it improves security. Companies must work together with their suppliers to forge trust and create accountability beyond what’s required by regulators.
Both manufacturers and retailers must catalog and index supplier registers, especially those producing the main recipe ingredients. Intelligent collaboration with stakeholders includes reviewing procurement contracts and ensuring that there are stringent regulations in place against misrepresenting ingredients.
Manufacturers must know the origin and journey of every single ingredient in their formulas. To do this, companies must collaborate with their suppliers and create systems for proving origin, quality, and inspection results, to create as much visibility and transparency as possible. In addition, companies should consistently audit their processes, accounting for the latest security threats, with a special focus on the highest-risk ingredients. Go above and beyond the requirements of regulators as well. Public safety depends on it.
Monitoring and responding to feedback is one of the best ways to create accountability for your role in food defense.
Register any complaints you receive in a database and respond to them in a timely manner. If anything happens in the industry that creates public safety concerns, investigate your own ingredients and processes to make sure your supply chain isn’t affected or vulnerable. In the event of a product recall, be communicative and transparent with consumers to drive more participation, as well as to protect your brand.
Managing critical and complex food defense processes can be challenging — especially with a
myriad of other concerns in product development, production, and marketing. How do you effectively manage all of the information and processes involved in different aspects of each product, especially food defense and security? You need a software platform designed to automate database management. That’s where product lifecycle management (PLM) comes in.
Cloud-based PLM software creates a single source of truth for all of your product’s data over the course of its lifespan, including where ingredients were sourced from and which vendors played a role in their creation. PLM software not only replaces, but surpasses, Excel files and other basic databases you’ve relied on in the past, eliminating data silos and transforming how you manage product information.
Don’t just trust any generic PLM to handle your needs. SpecPage by Revalize specializes in the industry, allowing users to automate food data publication and other critical compliance functions. Want to experience the difference with a purpose-built PLM?