Many food and beverage consumers in the United States are pleased with a recently introduced bill that will bring uniformity to food labeling standards, according to Shop Floor. Several states have considered labeling standards independently, meaning manufacturers would have to create a different label for each state their product is sold in and could even face fines or penalties should labeling be incorrect.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 will address the consumer health concerns of food labeling while setting a nationwide standard. The act will also require that the FDA determine the safety of GMO products and whether they are materially different from traditional food. The act will also provide guidelines and consistency regarding terms such as "natural."
While the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will still place the onus on manufacturers to inform the public about the ingredients in their products, it will give them one standard that will reduce costs and confusion. In the current food supply chain, manufacturers are finding themselves at greater risk than ever for a recall, fine or penalty related to food provenance,as well as backlash from consumers.
Staying a Step Ahead With Data Collection Software
While manufacturers will benefit from uniform labeling standards, they still need to be prepared for other shifts to the food supply chain. A sudden change to production can be spurred by government regulation, consumer sentiment and climate and other natural disasters. Food manufacturers need technology that keeps them within the law and the expectations of consumers regardless of interruptions in the supply chain. The key to doing so is automated and mobile data collection that provides more accurate and timely information regarding plant processes.
Companies that utilize data collection can better track and trace their products to prepare for a recall should one arise. They can also create more accurate supplier lists and guidelines, so that if one supplier is unable to deliver, the organization instantly knows where to go next. This is especially important as food manufacturers source to meet the specific requirements of government agencies and adhere to consumer concerns. People have taken increased interest in the food supply chain and the labels that go on their products.
Adhering to new standards of a larger and faster moving global marketplace requires the use of advanced data collection tools.