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Editor’s Note: The following article was authored by Jack Sparn who  is the chief innovation officer at Florida-based Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS), an RPA member company.  The article appears the April edition of Food Logistics and can be found online at Food


Jack Spam, CIO iGPS

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed in 2011, mandates new systems for preventing produce contamination, and it requires more frequent inspections and controls for both domestic and foreign growers, shippers, importers, and distributors. In addition, it gives the FDA authority to stop or recall food products without gaining the input or approval of other agencies.

Following are four areas that anyone involved in the manufacture or distribution of food should focus on this year:

1.   Document your food safety processes
2.   Prepare to implement a track-and-trace system
3.   Consider adoption of reusable containers
4.   Plan now for electronic data exchange in 2015

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