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MAR-APR 2019

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52 INSIDER March/April 2019 Supply Chain Transparency: A Practice of Trust Through Legitimacy, From 'Farm to Fork' by Heather Fairman Supply chain transparency is the disclosure and transfer of credible, accurate and truthful information from one supplier to another through the chain of products and services down to the end user. Specifi cally, in the dietary and food supplement industry, this could mean raw material originating from a farm; shipped or delivered to a raw material supplier or processor, then to a manufacturer; then fi nished product shipped to a distributor or direct to consumers. A commonly used phrase to describe this chain is "from farm to fork." Demand for supply chain transparency is being placed by consumers who want to know exactly what's in their supplements, their sources or countries of origin, and how all the associated components were handled and distributed. Over the last decade, increased attention from regulatory and compliance agencies resulted from a spate of food-safety issues and heightened threat of bioterrorism, as evidenced by the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (Bioterrorism Act), signed into law by President George W. Bush on June 12, 2002. As a result, conducting an inter net search for information on supply chain transparency today will result in an overwhelming plethora of information. Whether this represents an emerging trend or a growing corporate awareness of consumer desires might be less debated given the climate of business-related human rights concerns also associated with supply chain activities (e.g., child labor, forced labor, slavery and human traffi cking). Congress is equally concerned about supply chain transparency, traceability and disclosure requirements demonstrated in the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Traffi cking and Slavery Act of 2014 (H.R.4842) introduced by New York State Rep. Carolyn Maloney (R-12). Further, FDA's enforcement measures have caused the industry to pay more attention to supply chain management and transparency. Evidence this issue is a priority for the agency is in its existing risk analysis framework and its most recent "sweeping" regulatory enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); 21 CFR 117 Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (focus on Part G – Supply Chain Program); 21 CFR Part 1, Subpart L (Foreign Supplier Verifi cation Contract Manufacturing: Supply Chain Transparency

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