Does Your Company Have a Recall Process that’s Fit for Purpose?
The amount food products being recalled has almost doubled since 2002, according to reports. With many cases of food standards not being met, and the resulting recalls, it stands to reason that supply chain management is under a lot of scrutiny.
Huge mistakes have been made by some well known brands, which led to a product recall. Recalls bring to light issues relating to how food manufacturers and producers manage their supply chain in relation to the two main pillars of product recall, which are response and prevention.
Many supply chains are still supported by antiquated and inaccurate manual systems and techniques, others are not equipped to use the track and trace technology which they have installed. However, with the current level of technology available, there is no excuse for instances where risk is not being mitigated and could prevent a recall.
In order to reduce the number of recalls, the greatest ally of prevention is preparation. The continual refinement of processes combined with properly implemented track and trace technology will reduce the number of occurrences of food safety issues and therefore limit the effects. Using automation in the process of developing preventative measures, including the introduction of mandatory check point for products combined with quality testing when procurement and manufacturing is taking place within the supply chain should make the process of identifying issues much easier.
When track and trace technology is properly implemented it can give notifications in real-time to manufacturers so that any issues can be addressed before produce leaves the factory floor. In addition to this, the implementation of track and trace technology within the supply chain can provide managers with more visibility and chances to attain actionable insight so that distribution processes can be improved. The technology can also come into play in the event of a recall, by allowing the process to be initiated strategically, helping to avoid the common pitfalls.
A lot of executives in the supply chain use systems for tracing products, these systems vary in quality due to how precise they are and how far into the supply chain process they can delve. The question over whether they can provide end-to-end control over the supply chain process is very important in terms of being compliant and efficient.
Against a backdrop of consumer angst and demands for compliance, these changes and more are necessary for the supply chain. The time is now for managers to get their operations in order, both for the sake of consumer safety and the bottom line.