Traceability in QAD Enterprise Applications Helps Deliver Peace of Mind for Food and Beverage Manufacturers
Food Safety and Consumer Protection are a Key Focus for QAD Customers
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — April 23, 2013 — QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) (NASDAQ:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services, today announced QAD Enterprise Applications is used by more than 400 food and beverage manufacturers in 60 countries to optimize their manufacturing processes. QAD customers rely on QAD Enterprise Applications to track ingredients used in different lots, batches and stages of their manufacturing processes.
“QAD Enterprise Applications allows customers to precisely identify ingredients, operators and resources – both machines and labor -- involved in the production process,” said Gordon Fleming, chief marketing officer at QAD. “Our customers rely on QAD Enterprise Applications to enhance production and food safety throughout their manufacturing process. Today, it’s of paramount importance to protect consumers along the food supply chain in the unfortunate case of an adverse event.”
Food and Beverage Manufacturers Must Meet Global Compliance Mandates
Using QAD Enterprise Applications, QAD multinational customers have the tools to support food safety compliance regulations around the world. Delivering support for ‘field to fork’ supply chain visibility, QAD Enterprise Applications supports customers’ processes for meeting stringent agricultural and food safety oversight programs. These include the programs of agencies such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food agency and the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Pubic Health Safety and such mandates as the Bioterrorism Act and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).
In the advent of an adverse situation such as contamination or a food security incident, QAD Enterprise Applications enables customers to rapidly identify the batches and products that may have been affected by the safety failure, based on either the contaminated source or the offending machines, to rapidly implement a targeted recall by ingredient, recipe, batch or lot.
The Effective Enterprise Offers Peace of Mind to Food and Beverage Manufacturers
Food safety management concerns can range from the identification of broken parts found in products such as a gear tooth from a machine to large-scale incidents such as the current Europe-wide horsemeat situation, the 2013 U.S. E.Coli (Escherichia coli) Spinach recall or the 2008 Chinese milk melamine contamination. “QAD understands the critical needs for food and beverage manufacturers to protect their consumers,” said Gordon Fleming, chief marketing officer at QAD. “The traceability capabilities in QAD Enterprise Applications are designed to help our customers become more Effective Enterprises – and ultimately help ensure peace of mind for our customers and their consumers.”
For more information about QAD Enterprise Applications, please visit: www.qad.com.
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life sciences products. QAD ERP solutions provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805-566-6000, or visit the QAD web site at www.qad.com.
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