A paradigm shift in stakeholder communication and partnering is creating a food safety culture that should have a positive impact on reducing risk factors for food contamination events.
During the last 45 years, while Americans have been taught not to trust institutions, the food business has grown into a large, complex system.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 reminded the food industry of obvious vulnerabilities that should be addressed to keep the food supply safe.
With food safety-related recalls becoming more commonplace, it is essential for incident response teams to understand and implement effective and transparent processes.
In recent years, federal, state and local agencies have shifted their thinking toward the concept of building an integrated food safety system.
Food allergies are a public health concern that must be addressed from the farm to table.
Effective, responsible communication is key to maintaining trust in the food system and a challenge for communicating prior to, during and after a recall.
To build consumer trust, the food system must communicate ethically to build the trust that protects its freedom to operate.
Testing crisis management plans by running regular simulations can sharpen responses and expose gaps in a food safety management system.
Outbreaks of foodborne illness illustrate how easily contaminated foods can have a broad health impact before public health authorities can identify and quarantine the source.
Social media impacts both food safety and risk communication in today’s global food system.
Companies and organizations in the food industry are taking steps to use social media to help respond to issues and prepare for crisis management.
Monitoring and maintaining the integrity of the food supply is a tough job; government agencies and food safety systems do it admirably under some very challenging circumstances.
Food safety is a pressing issue for governments, food processors, retailers and consumers worldwide, not only in the meat and seafood industries, but also in the dairy industry.