Compliance is a hot topic in today’s food industry, as consumers push brands to demonstrate social responsibility and government agencies dig deeper into food safety realities. Companies all along the supply chain feel the pressure to ensure high-quality, compliant processes. In the C-Suite, executives are working to oversee these efforts and fulfill your organization’s compliance obligations. But have you taken the time to determine whether you truly understand your risk position in relation to compliance?
Food recalls happen much more often than the public typically realizes. However, when national attention spotlights a company recall, it has the potential to cause irreparable damage to the brand and even initiate liability consequences for decision makers. As consumers become more informed about food safety issues and government agencies tighten their regulations, the number of recalls occurring across the country continues to increase.
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In the wake of a food recall, brand image is on your mind -- and you may be frantically searching for solutions to keep that image intact. A recall is alarming to your customers, and it has the potential to jeopardize their trust in your brand. Just know that you CAN recover from a food recall event and maintain a positive relationship with the public. The key is smart, effective communication.
Food safety reform is sweeping the nation as the FDA enforces its most extensive regulatory shift yet. While manufacturers and suppliers across a spectrum of food categories work to align their operations with these new mandates, players in the meat industry may not be perking their ears on this particular matter. After all, meat and poultry have historically been controlled by the USDA, not the FDA. Even if you’re complying with USDA standards, however, it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on with regard to FSMA, for a number of reasons.
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.