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The program would be based on FDA guidance and industry best practices and monitored and enforced by the FDA.

The second pillar of the proposal would allow FDA to focus even greater resources on products and countries deemed of higher risk through a program that would allow food companies/importers to qualify their products as lower risk by sharing test results, data and supply chain information with the FDA in a confidential manner.

Saddle Creek OpensCross-Dock Operations

Saddle Creek Corp. has completed construction of a high-volume cross-dock at its Lakeland, FL headquarters. The 98,600-square-foot facility is designed to provide distribution services for one of Saddle Creek's key accounts as well as potential new business.

Saddle Creek says flexibility is key for this perishable food manufacturer. The facility is expected to be approximately 40 percent larger than the manufacturer will need initially. The remaining portion of the cross-dock building will be used for other business until this customer has need for additional space in the facility.

"By building a comprehensive cross-dock facility with room to grow, we'll be able to accommodate our customer's increased volume now and their projected double-digit growth in years to come," says Michael DelBovo, senior vice president of Saddle Creek Transportation Inc., a subsidiary of Saddle Creek Corp. "As a 3PL, we have the resources and flexibility to provide a custom solution that can adapt to our customers' changing business needs."

The cross-dock will allow product to be pushed through in a smaller time frame, enabling the product to hit the shelves more quickly-a critical benefit for the manufacturer's fresh product.

"Our customer can now deliver even fresher product to consumers," says DelBovo.

Previously, the manufacturer used an existing Saddle Creek facility to handle its products. Designing the new facility exclusively as a true cross-dock will also result in labor savings. Product will be loaded continuously rather than being stored for several hours on the floor. "Bypassing the extra handling effort will result in labor productivity gains of approximately 15 to 20 percent," notes DelBovo.

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