A quick scan of recall listings on either the FDA or USDA site reveals a host of food safety incidents that have affected brands in just the last few days. Pull up an extensive review of food recalls in the past several months or years, and you’ll see some staggering numbers. In fact, a recent report issued by the Economic Research Service indicates there were 4,900 food recall events in the United States from 2004 to 2013. That translates to roughly 490 recalls per year -- or 1.3 recalls every day.
A dynamic and thorough HACCP program is absolutely critical to minimizing your manufacturing company’s food safety risk. Yet, even in this time of unprecedented industry evolution and deepened regulatory responsibility, there are many plants that continue to miss the mark on meeting necessary HACCP standards. To help ensure that your company is implementing a strong HACCP system, we’re providing you with valuable information and insight into one of the most overlooked and underestimated principles.
Use this checklist to help avoid Tens of Millions in damage costs, severe brand equity loss, and unexpected food audits.
Many of us can honestly say there are aspects of our jobs that feel like a never-ending cycle. For plant and quality assurance managers in the food industry, the responsibility of preparing for audits really is an endless challenge. The perpetual need to ensure audit readiness can seem relentless and burdensome. The reality, however, is that food safety can be managed in a highly systematic way -- one that equips you and your team to embrace the kind of audit preparation that doesn’t spur an incessant loop of tedious tasks.
If the heightened threat of experiencing a food recall has been on your mind, you’re not alone. Professionals in the food industry at large have been transforming their mindset in response to consumer and government demands for a more rigorous food safety effort. Every brand is under scrutiny from the public, as well as the watchful eye of the FDA, to ensure that today’s food safety standards are being upheld. It’s time to take action on executing a FSMA-compliant plan to meet evolved regulations and protect your brand against the risks of a food recall.
There’s no way around food safety audits for manufacturing companies. Government regulators, like the FDA, USDA and CFIA, continue to heighten compliance enforcement, and clients often conduct regular investigations to manage supplier food safety. On top of that, there are internal audits to be implemented on a consistent basis. That amounts to quite a mountain of audit preparation, which means complex data acquisition and reporting.
There’s a consumer-driven movement happening in the food industry, and it’s impacting the products you bring to market. As people become more informed about health and nutritional realities, interest in eating “clean” foods and maintaining organic diets has surged. In fact, statistics show that worldwide sales of organic food has risen 500% in the 21st century (from $18 billion in 2000 to $90 billion in 2016). In response, farmers are changing the way they grow and manage their crops. So, what does this shift mean for your plant’s approach to food safety and recall prevention?