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HACCP Planning (hazard analysis critical control points) has become a critical component of cold chain management. For the first time since 1938, food safety legislation has been passed that greatly expands the powers of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce regulations that significantly improve the protection of our food supply. The new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mandates rigid plans for monitoring and taking corrective actions by registered food handling companies to prevent the growth of food borne pathogens and other contaminants in food products. Every registered food operation by law must perform a hazard analysis of their facilities and distribution assets to identify potential areas that jeopardize food safety and to then determine what preventive controls will be implemented preventing food specification violations.
For years radio frequency identification technology has been viewed by freight carriers as simply a way for shippers to keep track of inventory. Today, the marriage of advanced electronics and RFID technology is, in fact, creating new ways for carriers and shippers to utilize the tags.
Quality assurance and quality control administrators can now keep an eye on their entire entire cold chain remotely, especially within vertically integrated organizations.