As both consumers and the food industry are well-aware, 2018 was a year of national food recalls, which was further compounded by the strain on the FDA during the partial government shutdown. Not only did this lead to consumers becoming more aware of where their produce is being sourced, but it also caused many grocers and food producers to reassess their own supply chain and food safety standards.
As advancing technologies continue to innovate the food safety industry, they enable manufacturers to achieve clearer visibility into critical areas and implement compliant food safety plans that help reduce risk. Every data point you collect presents an opportunity for valuable analytics that support a dynamic approach to contamination and recall prevention. Food safety data and analytics can reveal a great deal of useful information IF you understand how to leverage them effectively.
Use this checklist to help avoid Tens of Millions in damage costs, severe brand equity loss, and unexpected food audits.
Test data is one of your greatest assets for ensuring food safety standards, which makes it integral to maintaining an effective, compliant food safety plan. Even if you’re collecting, managing and leveraging your food test data, however, you could be overlooking a critical piece of the puzzle: your testing environment. After all, having accurate test data relies not only on the validity of specific test samples, but also on the quality of the testing environment.
As we settle into the new year, we find ourselves thinking about what’s to come in the food safety arena. 2018 saw some high-profile food recalls, including the nationwide warning about romaine lettuce just days before Thanksgiving. While the industry responds to threats like these, many manufacturers speculate about what they can expect food safety program requirements to look like in 2019 and beyond. Here, we’re offering some expert insight to help you get clarity on the subject and prepare your company for the most imminent movements in food safety.
Today the FDA declared that the latest Romaine Outbreak investigation has concluded and published its findings in the: “Investigation Summary: Factors Potentially Contributing to the Contamination of Romaine Lettuce Implicated in the Fall 2018 Multi-State Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7”. I want to join the chorus of many food safety professionals commending Commissioner Gottlieb and Deputy Commissioner Yiannas for their diligent efforts to conclude this investigation during a time period that included the most recent government shutdown! The tl;dr (“too long - didn’t read” for those that don’t know all my abbreviations yet) from the statement is the focus on the root cause of the systems failure. I copy the relevant section in here (emphasis my own) because the explanation is well structured and highlights an important point I want to focus on: prevention.
Dairy farming as an industry has evolved over time as consumer needs, regulatory requirements and operational factors have shifted. In response to this progression has been the advancement of technology to fulfill emerging needs. Today, there is an abundance of technology solutions available to fill this space, and the market will only become more saturated over time. As a result, dairy producers are challenged to identify the most valuable options for their operations.