Food Safety Magazine

Recall/Crisis Management

Encourage Reporting of Suspected Foodborne Illness
Encourage Reporting of Suspected Foodborne Illness

What is broken in the chain that allows a suspected foodborne illness event to be neglected and become an epidemic? Restaurant patrons should be encouraged to report suspected cases of foodborne illness in a timely fashion.

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.

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?

 

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.

Preparation Is Key to Staying off FSMA’s Annual Mandatory Recall Report
Preparation Is Key to Staying off FSMA’s Annual Mandatory Recall Report

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to submit to Congress an annual report on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s exercise of its new mandatory recall authority.

 

Is Raw Milk Increasing Risk in Our Food Supply?
Is Raw Milk Increasing Risk in Our Food Supply?

Processors that have been producing pasteurized products and are considering introducing raw products to their product portfolios should weigh gains in profits with the much higher risks to the safety of their customers and the potential financial liability to their business.

Recent Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Illustrates USDA Food Safety Regime
Recent Foster Farms <i>Salmonella</i> Outbreak Illustrates USDA Food Safety Regime

Although Foster Farms avoided the harshest of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s enforcement measures by making immediate changes to its manufacturing practices, it did not recall its products. Find out why.

 

Food Chain Scandals Top Public’s Concerns
Food Chain Scandals Top Public’s Concerns

With food scandals exposed in fast food chains, supermarkets and local businesses, concerns about the safety and hygiene of food is increasing.

 

New Perspectives on Risk Management
New Perspectives on Risk Management

In general, food producers usually think of risk as the potential for undesirable consequences. But an optimistic attitude towards risk can be beneficial in terms of developing new products or starting new enterprises. What is your risk tolerance?

 

Culture Shift: Managing Risk Synonymous with Food Safety
Culture Shift: Managing Risk Synonymous with Food Safety

Most players in the food supply chain believe that the safety of their product is a central concern. Regardless of this gradual shift in attitudes, the outcome is positive for the industry as food manufacturers are integrateing corporate risk management into their processes.
 

Food Safety Databases: A New Challenge
Food Safety Databases:  A New Challenge

The widespread move from global food supply chains to food supply networks presents considerable challenges.

Lessons from Canada’s Largest-ever Meat Recall
Lessons from Canada’s Largest-ever Meat Recall


Summary: Canada’s historic meat recall provides lessons on the importance of a food safety culture for all those along the food supply chain.

Best Traceability Practices
Best Traceability Practices

Whether large- or small-scale, food product recalls tend to leave their mark on the industry and often alter practices for the better. In order to react quickly and responsibly to a voluntary or involuntary recall, all companies must be adequately prepared.
 

Maximizing Insurance Coverage for Food Contamination Claims
Maximizing Insurance Coverage for Food Contamination Claims

Foodborne illness claims are among the greatest financial risks facing the food industry.

Protection against Food Illness Claims

Many food companies believe that, because of their position in the food supply chain, they are insulated from liability in the case of food-related illnesses. Read about cases that show otherwise and learn how to protect your brand.

Crisis Management in the Digital World
Crisis Management in the Digital World

Companies must strive to include innovative communication strategies in their crisis management plans.

Getting a Handle on Listeria
Getting a Handle on <i>Listeria</i>

An interview with Catherine W. Donnelly, Ph.D., University of Vermont, provides background on the emergence of this pathogen as a health concern.

Lessons Learned: Food Safety Preparedness before the Next Natural Disaster
Lessons Learned: Food Safety Preparedness before the Next Natural Disaster

Natural disasters are known to impact our food supply, and responders should implement plans before a disaster strike to help mitigate issues that arise.

Customer-Supplier Relationships: Microbiological Specifications for Raw Materials and Ingredients
Customer-Supplier Relationships: <br>Microbiological Specifications for Raw Materials and Ingredients

Most recorded foodborne outbreaks are caused by raw and unprocessed or minimally processed foods.

Meeting the Challenges of Foodborne Illness Liability Claims
Meeting the Challenges of Foodborne Illness Liability Claims

If the claimant is indeed sick due to food poisoning, then action needs to begin immediately to deduce the cause of the illness.
 

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