According to the survey results, audit readiness is deemed critical or very important. Three quarters (75%) of respondents indicated access to supplier documentation and compliance of incoming ingredients to specifications is either critical or very important to rapidly and successfully pass audits.
Rapidly changing and voluminous new food safety regulation combined with the potentially high cost of noncompliance, makes audit preparation increasingly important. Audit readiness was ranked as high importance by FSQA professionals completing the survey.
The importance of a reliable supplier, compliance, and regulatory document management system becomes essential as food manufacturers increase their number of global and domestic suppliers. Eighty-seven percent of survey respondents identified that a document management system is a critical requirement to create one version of data truth both internally and externally.
TraceGains offers access to pre-audit, inspection day audit, and post audit checklists to help food manufacturers prepare for the audit process.
TraceGains (www.tracegains.com) provides food and beverage manufacturers and distributors with a web-based, full-service supplier, compliance, and regulatory document management solution that automates and streamlines processes to convert static documents into actionable data. With a network of more than 5,000 supplier members and more than 250 deployment sites, TraceGains offers an ever-expanding database of suppliers, purchased items, and documents that companies can leverage to improve product quality, accelerate product development, and meet regulatory and audit pressures. TraceGains not only digitizes all incoming documents, making them easily searchable, but also extracts critical data and analyzes them against customer-specific business and compliance rules, alerting stakeholders to any non-compliance. TraceGains’ automated solution assures companies that documentation is up to date, organized, and searchable, making companies 365 Audit Ready. TraceGains’ customers boast a four to six month return on their investment. Recently, TraceGains was listed as one of Food Logistics Top 100 software and technology providers. TraceGains is exhibiting at the Food Safety Summit April 8-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Booth #623. Follow TraceGains on Twitter at @tracegains.