NMW 2004: Wonderware's eCompliance helps food processors
Chicago, IL—Invensys' Wonderware division reported at National Manufacturing Week 2004 that it's eCompliance Solutions software is the first to offer Bioterrorisim Response Act compliance.
Chicago, IL— Food companies and manufacturers will need to maintain records for each batch of food or other products they produce for a minimum of two years for non-perishable products and for a minimum of one year for perishable products, says Jay Jeffreys, program manager for Wonderware 's eCompliance Solutions.
This is one requirement of the Bioterrism Response Act, signed into law on June 12, 2002. The law requires the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enact and enforce regulations to protect the nation's food supply in case of a terrorist attack. Every U.S. food processing company, except farms and restaurants, will follow the regulations, designed to ensure food companies can account for every link in the supply chain.
Invensys' Wonderware division is the first company in manufacturing to offer software for compliance, called eCompliance Solutions, says Jeffreys. This software was introduced Feb. 23 at National Manufacturing Week 2004.
The law also requires food companies to provide FDA with ingredient source data from the immediate previous source and subsequent recipient. Paper records could suffice, but since regulations seem likely to require information within hours, software will simplify and accelerate data gathering, according to Yves Dufort, general manager and director of services for Wonderware Strategic Integration Group, which is implementing the software.
For more information about the law, and the Wonderware software, go to www.wonderware.com .
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Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief