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The food industry must comply with multiple health and safety government agencies. With regulations constantly changing, tracking compliance and processes can pose a challenge for manufacturers.

Dog food manufacturers have recently had to adjust due to the FDA’s new Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) policy, and will face further challenges with product control compliances spanning into September of 2019 for very small manufacturers.

Current Good Manufacturing Practices

The FDA ruled in 2015 that, for the first time, current good manufacturing practices for food for animals would be established in an attempt to “provide greater assurance that animal food is safe and will not cause illness or injury to humans and animals.”  The CGMP is particularly applicable for animal feed manufacturing and processing facilities that will be required to institute baselines for personnel duties and sanitation practices, in addition to equipment production and overall plant operations.

Included in the FDA’s new CGMP rule is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which establishes requirements for a food safety system including analysis and risk-based preventative controls. This includes monitoring, verifying and recording processes. Reading through the 188-page release of the FDA’s ruling can be daunting and time-consuming, especially for busy managers. Not only do managers have to figure out how to implement these new regulations into production, they must also help their team get used to any changes[GF1] . Further, if they need to refer or check a specific subsection, they must scroll through the 188 pages searching for the single piece of information they need.

For animal food manufacturers,  a CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) can provide organization and clarity during this time of upheaval and change. Tools within a modern CMMS can help you ensure that information you need is effectively stored and easily accessible.

Preventive Controls

In addition to the FDA’s 2015 CGMP ruling, preventive controls for the dog food manufacturing industry are to follow. Particular processes are going to be regulated with requirements such as sanitation and maintenance. Equipment will need monitoring with hazard analyses performed regarding foreseeable biological, chemical and physical concerns. Oversight review will be required throughout facilities, an area that a CMMS has proved invaluable for users.

“If I want to find out about a piece of equipment or how many work orders an individual has completed — anything within the system — I can glean the reports rapidly at a glance.”  -Barry Dean, Aprilaire

A CMMS provides a central location to record, store and review process performance numbers to ensure standards are being met. This reduces the time to record information for employees, organize documents and simplify reviews for management, while creating solid documentation for audits and outside inspections. Additionally, a CMMS can provide accountability and aid in the sanitation process through enabling electronic signatures and logging date, time and owner of specific tasks performed.

To see how Dude Solutions’ maintenance and operations management software can help you efficiently reorganize your processes to comply with the new regulations, watch our product video then schedule a demo with one of our product experts.

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