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Survey: Millennials Three Times as Likely to Ignore Product Recalls as Boomers

In Food Safety, News, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

Manufacturers need to find a better way to reach Millennials if they want them to comply with product recall notices. Millennials are the least likely age group to comply with food, pharmaceutical, motor vehicle, and consumer electronics recall notices according to a survey of over 1,000 Americans conducted by Stericycle Expert Solutions. In fact, 18% of Millennials (age 18-35) say …

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10 Food Industry Giants Bet Big on Blockchain

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, McLane Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever, and Walmart have partnered with IBM on a blockchain initiative to boost the safety of the food supply chain, the technology company announced Tuesday. Blockchain is a digital ledger system that has the potential to provide the type of supply chain transparency that both consumers and …

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FDA Launches Food Safety Plan Builder to Help Businesses Comply with FSMA Requirements

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To help businesses meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing a new software tool to help owners and operators of food facilities create a food safety plan specific to their facilities. The Food Safety Plan Builder webpage. The FDA has also provided …

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Food Safety Top of Mind for American Consumers

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New Bureau Veritas survey shows almost 4 out of 5 adults in the US avoid eating at restaurants with previous health and food safety violations; Bureau Veritas SafeOps continues to provide assurance on food safety FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 3, 2017 — In a recent survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Bureau Veritas among over 2,000 US adults ages 18+, regarding …

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How Technology Helps Food Companies Manage Recalls

In Food Safety, Technology by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Recalls cost food companies an average of $10 million in direct costs alone. That includes the cost of alerting retailers, pulling products, and storing or disposing of contaminated products, as well as lost sales, government fines, and litigation. But direct costs aren’t the only damages a company can sustain. A recall can deal a huge blow to brand reputation, which …

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Lead Found in 20% of Baby Food

In Food Safety, Research by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Lead was detected in 20% of baby food samples compared to 14% in other foods, according to a new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). EDF evaluated data collected and assayed by the FDA between 2003 and 2013. The report found that lead was most common in fruit juices, root vegetables, and cookies. Grape juice topped …

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Pork and Poultry Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

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WASHINGTON, May 9, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that frozen ready-to-eat fried chicken and pork sausage products produced by Pinnacle Foods, Inc., a Jackson, Tenn. establishment, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Pinnacle Foods, Inc. has already recalled these products in its recall …

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Fore! Watch Out for Golf Balls in Your Hash Browns

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

McCain Foods today announced an expansion of its recall of frozen hash browns that may contain golf ball materials, which could pose injury or choking hazards. The initial recall, issued last Friday, was for 2-pound bags of Roundy’s Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns and Harris Teeter Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns distributed in nine states. The new recall …

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Top Issues for Restaurants and Patrons: Food Quality, Labor, and Good Tech Investments

In Food Safety, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Amidst the growing competition for diners, restaurants’ chief concerns are food safety, labor issues, and tech spending, according to a report by AlixPartners. Their 2016 poll reveals diners’ desires and what restaurants will have to maintain to stay in business. Here are some of the findings: Fresh and local ingredients are the number one factor in selecting a healthy meal …

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Q4 Food and Beverage Recalls Hit Highest Level Since 2010

In Food Safety, News, Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to the Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS Recall Index, there were 246 FDA food recalls in the fourth quarter of last year. That’s an increase of 12% over the previous quarter and the highest number we’ve seen since at least Q1 2010. At the same time, USDA recalls fell 16% to 32. For FDA recalls, the top 3 food categories were: Supplements (28.2%) Baked …