A Consumer Role in Food Safety?

by Paul Bernish on July 20, 2016

in FDA,Food Safety,FSMA,Recalls

SAGE has posted many articles on the rollout of the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the new law’s unmistakable focus on holding the food industry responsible for preventing costly recalls that endanger the public. But what about the public — food consumers? Do they have a role to play in assuring a safe […]

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With just a few months until full compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) takes effect, the vast and complex food industry confronts a difficult management challenge: how to gear up for a raft of new regulations, standards and best industry practices while also maintaining production and avoiding food contamination outbreaks. The Food & […]

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The Challenge of Date Labeling

June 27, 2016

One of the food industry’s most vexing challenges is creating a food package date label that everyone understands. The problem, and potential solutions, are well-documented; here’s a report from 2014 that I co-authored that spells out the issue in detail. In fact, a comprehensive (albet voluntary) model open dating regulation created by the National Conference […]

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Tracking Food Contamination Outbreaks

May 16, 2016

There is dramatic evidence for consumers that food safety measures are increasingly sophisticated, which is a good thing. With little public attention, several recent and related recalls of a variety of food items suspected of being contaminated with Listeria have been carried out regionally and nationally since March. That’s the bad news. The good news […]

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Washing Your Your Hands is Serious Business

April 27, 2016

It’s a mantra repeated often, every day, in the food industry: wash your hands. Retail store clerks putting out perishables, or production line workers processing chicken, beef or pork are repeatedly reminded to wash their hands to prevent the spread of harmful microbes that could make them sick and containinate food supplies. Up to now, […]

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Training for FSMA: Who Does It and How?

April 25, 2016

One of the major, but often overlooked, challenges when sweeping new legislation is enacted involves training the people — managers, production supervisors and shift workers — who will be required to implement and execute the regulations. Fortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took several steps in anticipation of that challenge, as outlined in this […]

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FSMA Gets Tough on Food Company Executives

April 3, 2016

Earlier this month, Henry’s Farm, Inc., located in Woodford, Virginia, and its owner Soo C. Park, was put out of business after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration documented multiple violations of federal food safety laws and regulations. The resulting Federal consent decree prohibits Henry’s Farm, Inc. from receiving, processing, manufacturing, preparing, packing, holding and […]

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Where’s the Beef — Indeed!

February 18, 2016

Many readers will recall the Wendy’s ad from the 1980’s. with the little old lady asking — or rather demanding — to know “where’s the beef!” That ad, one of the most popular of modern times wasn’t about where the beef used in Wendy’s burgers came from. It was a poke at competitors, whose hamburgers […]

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Chipoltle’s Real Food Safety Challenge

January 15, 2016

The Chipotle fast food restaurant chain has suffered a string of serious safety problems that have raised concerns about how it insures the safety and quality of the burritos and other Mexican fare in its 2,000 restaurants nationwide. But the real problem may be something Chipotle and other fast food chains are not focusing on. […]

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Is FSMA Really Necessary?

November 17, 2015

As the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 was being considered by Congress (and even after its passage) many in the food chain questioned the need for the new regulations. Voluntary efforts, it was argued, would be much more efficient and less costly than bureaucratically imposed requirements. The Act, known by its FSMA acronym, is […]

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