Seasoning and dressing manufacturers rely on elaborate supply chain and production processes in order to deliver their products to market. Just like other food and beverage manufacturing sectors, they fall under the jurisdiction of complex regulations set by federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). These policies dictate what ingredients may be used and how they can be used, where these resources can be processed, and even how ingredients and end products should be named.
Sifting through and managing all of these protocols can be streamlined with the implementation of business management software such as Enterprise Management (formerly Sage X3), an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution from Sage. SWK has built the Enterprise Management Food & Beverage bundled solution, powered by Sage, specifically to address the compliance pain points inherent in food and beverage subsectors, including seasoning, dressing, sauce and other condiment manufacturing. Leveraging this bundle will provide seasoning and dressing manufacturers with improved upstream and downstream reporting for their supply chain processes, enabling your business to fulfill its regulatory obligations much more seamlessly.
Here are five of the most important regulations for seasoning and dressing manufacturers, and how SWK’s Enterprise Management Food & Beverage bundled solution, powered by Sage, can manage them:
1. Resource Management
Manufacturers of sauces, flavor extracts and other condiment products require a wide array of raw material ingredients to produce even individual end items. Processing this considerable amount of resources involves deploying a variety of procedures needed to create products according to predesignated standards. Consumer demand drives the seasoning and dressing manufacturing industry towards delivering recipes that address the most current taste and health consciousness trends.
Precise management and oversight of the production methods involving these raw materials is critical to maintaining compliance with consumer safety regulations. Accidental mixtures can introduce ingredients into incorrect packages that can reach consumers and cause severe repercussions if unlabeled allergens are found. To avoid mislabeled products, seasoning and dressing manufacturers can leverage Enterprise Management Food & Beverage’s resource processing functionality that provides a comprehensive overview into raw material management at every production stage.
2. Ingredient Labeling
The sheer volume of raw materials required by seasoning and dressing manufacturers creates additional compliance pain points regarding labeling regulations. The FDA mandates that food and beverage processors adequately inform consumers of all the components contained within every end product they create. Inventory that is found to have incorporated ingredients that are not displayed in a manner visible to customers can be branded as mislabeled and will be ruled noncompliant according to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).
The FDA enforces additional stipulations for seasoning and dressing ingredient listing over other food or beverage products. The agency maintains specific requirements for standardization of recipes for dressings and flavorings, and product labels must reflect FDA language for these materials and formulas. However, certain provisions also allow seasoning and dressing manufacturers to simplify labeling in particular circumstances, namely when a group of ingredients is commonly sold within a broader category. Applying Enterprise Management for resource data capture and retrieval allows your seasoning and dressing manufacturing business to deploy this information in providing accurate labeling for all product batches.
3. Organic Seasonings
A growing trend within the food and beverage manufacturing industry has been a focus on providing finished products developed from natural, non-synthetic ingredients in order to address consumer demand for organic products. Certain seasoning and dressing manufacturers have followed suit to offer condiments, sauces and other merchandise that is labeled as organic. However, producing organic items requires additional commitments to maintaining compliance, including addressing further FDA requirements as well as those of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The USDA oversees products with organic labeling according to the provisions in the National Organic Program (NOP). Food and beverage processors marketing organic products must be certified in using ingredients from authentic sources and are also required to maintain operational records pertaining to their management of organic resources for several years after. Utilizing the reporting and data traceability features of Enterprise Management allows you to fulfill these requirements by compiling all relevant information within an easily accessible database.
4. Product Quality
Seasoning and dressing manufacturers must also follow specific quality control standards imposed across all of the food and beverage industry. However, the variety of ingredients and end products generates additional steps to ensure cleanliness and safety for consumption. The condition of these raw materials, including exposure to factors such as animal waste or pathogens, as well as the presence of any residue from sanitation procedures in end items will greatly affect continued compliance.
Both ingredients and finished products in the seasoning and dressing space are vulnerable to contamination by outside sources during storage or transportation. This includes damage due to insects, animals, mold, fungi, and human mishandling during any component of batch processing. The latter can lead to foreign objects or inedible portions of raw materials tainting the supply. Enterprise Management imposes quality assurance checkpoints at predesignated production stages according to user-defined standards.
Product recalls are a serious consideration for any business regulated by the FDA or other federal agencies as it can bring financial, legal, and business repercussions. Items suspected of being mislabeled or adulterated can be seized by law enforcement officials, and companies may face criminal prosecution and fines as well if it appears they have broken the law. Adhering to recall requests is integral to maintaining compliance with federal regulations, yet food and beverage manufacturers must be able to capture end-to-end visibility over their supply chain processes in order to mitigate further damages.
Season and dressing manufacturers are vulnerable to being subjected to recalls due to a combination of factors such as mislabeling, allergen disclosure, and foodborne illness concerns. In the event of a total product recall, a manufacturer must trace the source of the violation to determine its extent to other packages and limit the amount of inventory that must be removed from distribution. Comprehensive downstream traceability delivered by Enterprise Management enables you to track recalled products to their inventory lot, processing batch and raw materials used for production.
The SWK Enterprise Management for Food & Beverage Bundle Gives Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturers the Insight They Need to Maintain Compliance
Ensuring compliance with food and beverage regulations for seasoning and dressing manufacturing requires being able to deliver visibility into supply chain operations on-demand. Calling upon processing data with the Enterprise Management Food & Beverage bundle’s native traceability allows you to scrutinize your practices more closely to identify gaps and prevent adulterated or mislabeled final products. Comprehensive insight enables potential violations to be rectified before any damage becomes extensive.
Download our free E-book on Enterprise Management Food & Beverage to learn more about this exclusive, bundled solution by SWK and how it can ensure compliance with federal regulations.