Reactive attitudes toward food recalls are damaging to both consumers and a brand's reputation and bottom line, writes Colleen Costello. Food Safety Modernization Act compliance includes utilizing more proactive strategies, while new technologies like antimicrobial LED lighting can help businesses stop food recalls before they start.
Incidents of salmonella infantis in poultry products are on the rise, with several related outbreaks being reported this year, according to researchers. A January outbreak in the US infected 129 people in 32 states.
Blockchain technology applied to the supply chain could save the global food industry an estimated $31 billion in food fraud costs by 2024, according to a Juniper Research study. "Today, transparency and efficiency in the food supply chain are limited by opaque data forcing each company to rely on intermediaries and paper-based records," says research author Morgane Kimmich.
Grocers are making strides in cutting down on food waste, though some still lag behind in making commitments and showing transparency about initiatives. Walmart has switched to "Best if Used By" labels and now consolidates cartons with broken eggs, while Meijer has rolled out a discount app for products close to expiring.
Dr. Stephen Hahn, President Donald Trump's nominee to be FDA commissioner, has received approval from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in an 18-5 vote. The nomination now goes to the full Senate.
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The 2019 SQF Conference kicked off with a BANG! With thrilling performances, rousing breakout sessions and plenty of coffee breaks, this year's SQF Conference was truly the premier food safety education and networking event of the year. In this month's issue of the SQF newsletter, we recap some of the highlights of our annual event. Check it out now.