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Traceability Is Not a Substitute for Transparency in the Recipe for Food Company Success
Traceability Is Not a Substitute for Transparency in the Recipe for Food Company Success

Traceability is designed to help food companies manage relationships, safeguard their food supply chains and protect their brands. But any supply relationship is fraught with risk. The answer? Transparency.

Traceback Litigation: Epidemiological Point/Counter-Point
Traceback Litigation: Epidemiological Point/Counter-Point

Traceback litigation usually follows one of two events—a recall or consumer-launched lawsuit. Can you guess how these epidemiological cases played out?

 

Energy Drinks: The Management of Risk in the Twilight Zone
Energy Drinks: The Management of Risk in the Twilight Zone

A close look at what energy drink and supplement manufacturers should do when they find themselves in the “Twilight Zone”—a period after initial allegations have been made but before definitive health hazards have been definitely shown.

FDA Seeks Industry Input on How to Facilitate Consumer Notification of Adulterated Foods
FDA Seeks Industry Input on How to Facilitate Consumer Notification of Adulterated Foods

What precisely should be reported in order to make the Reportable Food Registry effective in protecting consumers? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants your input. To that end, it has extended until August 18, 2014, the period for submitting comments on the proposed rulemaking.

Food Industry Problem Solving in Real Time
Food Industry Problem Solving in Real Time

To solve a problem in the food plant—whether it is complex or routine—you must first select the right tool for the job. Learn how to find the right approach for your company.

 

Leveraging Ethnography to Improve Food Safety
Leveraging Ethnography to Improve Food Safety

Applied ethnography, when properly employed, gives us an unbiased and comprehensive understanding of current food safety practices.

What Food Professionals Can Learn From GM about Internal Safety Communications
What Food Professionals Can Learn From GM about Internal Safety Communications

In the food industry, as in the automotive industry, internal vigilance for product safety is imperative: The lives and health of customers depend on it. What else can we learn?

 

Targeting Executives of Food and Beverage Companies and Transporters
Targeting Executives of Food and Beverage Companies and Transporters

The federal government has recently trained its most potent weapon—criminal prosecution—on the food and beverage industry. Learn how to minimize the risk to your company.

Asking Better Questions to Move Food Safety Forward
Asking Better Questions to Move Food Safety Forward

Structuring good questions to solve food safety issues requires discipline and a process to enable employees to find useful information and formulate the best solutions.

Food Safety Training and Education
Food Safety Training and Education

Training and education are the stepping stones to food safety; they link theory to practice. This article looks at the planning, design and implementation of education and training programs in food safety management.

 

The Reality of Food Terrorism
The Reality of Food Terrorism

According to the World Health Organization, food terrorism is a reality. See what regulators are doing around the world to combat this increasing threat.

 

FSMA-Related Whistleblower Claims Are On the Rise
FSMA-Related Whistleblower Claims Are On the Rise

The lawsuit that two consumer advocacy groups brought to compel deadlines for final publication of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has been settled against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more about the implications of the agreement.

Crisis Communications: The Story and the Storyteller
Crisis Communications: The Story and the Storyteller

In the case of a food recall, a company’s food safety manager and its crisis communicator make up the most unlikely of duos. But don’t underestimate the importance of this team to your company’s ability to survive.

How Food Safety Education Can Enhance Your Image while Saving Your Business
How Food Safety Education Can Enhance Your Image while Saving Your Business

There is a looming unspoken food safety crisis in the restaurant business, caused because there is a lack of education and enforcement of important principles within the weakest link in the chain: the entry-level server.

 

Food Safety: A Century of Warnings
Food Safety: A Century of Warnings

A look back at the past 100+ years since Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle changed the way we look at food safety.

Driving Success in Your Food Business
Driving Success in Your Food Business

A look at the work at Dr. W. Edwards Deming offers effective advice for food companies wishing to drive increased success in the new year.

Is It Time for Retail HACCP?
Is It Time for Retail HACCP?

Many food safety hazards present themselves in the retail environment.

 

Don’t Forget about Your Chemical Hazards!
Don’t Forget about Your Chemical Hazards!

The best approach to protect your product from chemical contamination is to identify the hazards in your ingredients before they can affect your final product.

 

It’s Not All about the Science
It’s Not All about the Science

Increased media coverage of food hazards has raised awareness of these hazards and increased vigilance in food-handling practices in the home.

 

Are You Ready To Address Whistleblower Complaints? Preparation Is Key
Are You Ready To Address Whistleblower Complaints? Preparation Is Key

How can a food company prepare for whistleblower claims? For starters, food companies should educate their employees on the programs and processes by which the company intends to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

 

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