Food Manufacturers Have New Tool In Bioterrorism Compliance

March 8, 2007
Regulations require traceability of raw goods and manufactured products.

Ce De Candy Inc., the manufacturer of the SMARTIES candy line has found a tool that helps it meet the FDA's Food Bioterrorism regulation while simultaneously increasing the efficiency and accuracy of manufacturing processes throughout its supply chain and warehouse. Ce De Candy is using Motorola's PartnerSelect Solution Provider Portable Technology Solutions.

The FDA regulation required that food manufacturers maintain records that allow complete traceability for all raw goods and manufactured products by June 2006.

"We needed a solution that would allow us to comply with the FDA mandate, but at the same time, not disrupt the manufacturing processes we already had in place," said Rick DePinto, IT manager for Ce De Candy.

The Motorola MC9000 is used to scan raw materials received from vendors and placed into inventory in the Ce De warehouse. Each material is immediately assigned a raw material lot number which will eventually be connected to a finished good and its finished goods lot number, as per the Food Bioterrorism regulation. The finished goods lot number will then be used for tracking through the pick and pack process and until finished goods are shipped out against a customer order.

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