Addressing the Challenges of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act

March 31, 2011

FALCPA, which went into effect January 1st of 2006, requires food manufacturers to identify, in plain, common language, the presence of any of the 8 major food allergens (Milk, Egg, Peanut, Tree Nut, Fish, Shellfish, Wheat, and Soy). The legislation also requires food labels to indicate the presence of major food allergens used in flavorings, spices, additives, and colorings. According to the FDA, the law applies to all packaged foods sold in the U.S. that are regulated under the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C), including both domestic and imported foods. Raw agricultural commodities such as fresh fruits and vegetables are not affected by the mandate.

To ensure compliance with the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), food processors should consider an automated approach to traceability and attribute management that is both cost-effective and a good fit for their current business operations.  

In addition to addressing traceability requirements, operational systems of record deployed by progressive food companies are also used to streamline schedules, reduce operating costs, and improve customer service. Rather than piling on overhead costs, these solutions are leveraged to improve bottom-line profits.

This white paper explores how to select technology that meets the unique needs of food manufacturers.

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