To date, few technology investments have been planned with
food safety in mind. New technologies—such as radio frequency
identification (RFID), remote monitoring and tracking technologies—
offer promise but are not yet widely
accepted. However, where implemented, they have helped address
various food safety challenges.
• Data collection: Bar coding
and RFID technologies, integrated with manufacturing execution systems (MES) and
enterprise resource planning
(ERP) systems, provide comprehensive batch and lot traceability within the enterprise.
• Data management: Global data
synchronization network (GDSN)
technologies in conjunction with
master data management
(MDM) systems help business
partners accurately exchange
data in real time through universal standards.
• Process standardization:
Consistent process definition across
the enterprise helps standardize
technologies to support those
• Process integration:
Integration of product lifecycle management (PLM), MES and ERP
systems significantly improve
the ability to capture and share
product traceability data.
• Collaboration: Workflow, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
and Web portal technologies facilitate internal and external collaboration, which often leads to
improved communication and
• Business intelligence:
Business intelligence and dashboard
reporting mechanisms provide
immediate alerts to address
food safety issues.
• Interactive risk and compliance dashboards with issue and corrective plan tracking
• Efficient reporting to management and third parties regarding levels of compliance
across the organization and extended enterprise
• A roadmap for downstream automation of compliance representation
Certainly, there are many approaches that companies can take to prepare for regu-
latory change. Deloitte’s catalog approach has proved to be a reliable methodology for
addressing evolving compliance requirements for complex, global organizations.
Figure 4: Integrated Approach to Compliance
Staying Ahead of Food Safety Regulatory Trends
Multiple drivers of change have made food safety a critical issue that is being addressed by regulators. And businesses must respond. Business leaders in every part
(continued on page 48)