Inventory, bookkeeping and business success topics for makers.
Accurate expiry dates are an essential part of running a compliant food manufacturing business. Most regulations involving the production and sale of food require either a best before date or a use by date to be clearly labelled on each of the products you sell to customers.
As a handmade seller, it's important to be aware of your responsibilities as a manufacturer of products designed for human consumption. One of those responsibilities is ensuring that you have traceability throughout your production process.
If you are a US based maker of children's clothing, toys or accessories you will need to ensure that your business is compliant with the rules set out by the CPSC. If you are a non-US based manufacturer and would like to sell to US customers, then you will also need to ensure that you are compliant.
If you are a US based maker of children's clothing, toys or accessories you will need to ensure that your business is compliant with the rules set out by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). One big part of CPSC compliance is Children’s Product Certificates (CPCs).
GMP stands for "Good Manufacturing Practice". No matter the size of your business, if you make food, cosmetics or any other products designed to be consumed by people you will need to be in compliance with the GMP requirements of your country and any other countries you sell your products in.
Some small manufacturers start tracking lot numbers using written logs and excel spreadsheets, however as the exact relationship between purchases, manufactures and orders can be quite complex, the use of a spreadsheet can lead to errors and inconsistencies as your business grows.
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