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Before crisis strikes: Earn consumer trust through transparency

Opinion

No one is immune from a food safety crisis and its ripple effects on consumers, stakeholders and hard-earned reputations. Maybe you’re fortunate and it’s been smooth sailing so far. But be prepared. A crisis – whether big or small – is in your future and earning trust is critical to successfully managing the fallout. The… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Cultural bias could make it difficult to achieve FSMA parity

ST. LOUIS — The “wet” street slaughter of a pig in China, which occurs in the wee hours of the morning, is still expected to be warm when the customer arrives sometime before noon. Brazilians think allergens are a disease experienced only by North Americans. Fresh produce isn’t a concern in southern India because all fruits and… Continue Reading

Comprehensive verification toolkit is needed domestically, too

Opinion

Dan Flynn’s June 6 article in Food Safety News, “Third-party auditor certification: Not the only tool in the toolkit,” makes the case that the Food and Drug Administration should not overly rely on third-party audits to oversee the safety of imported foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This is certainly true for imported foods, given that Congress included… Continue Reading

Recent events highlight need for safe water for food production

Opinion

Water is an essential component of many types of food products. Processors, manufacturers, and packers use water to clean, cool and even transport foods during production (in flumes for example). Water is, of course, also used to make ice and beverages of many types. Water, mixed with detergents and antimicrobial compounds, is essential to clean… Continue Reading

Process and Substance in Third-Party Food Safety Audits

Opinion

As the result of numerous national and international outbreaks of foodborne illness, food industries worldwide have come under increasing pressure to ensure that their products are safe, wholesome and meet government standards. FDA and USDA have the primary authority for our food supply nationally, while individual states typically regulate local food operations through state and… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Three Years Since People Died From Cantaloupe

Primus’ 'Scorched Earth' Litigation Strategy Will Change Audit Industry, Retailer Responsibility Next

Opinion

It has been almost three long years since dusty Holly, Colorado, became the epicenter of a Listeria monocytogenes human tragedy. Many are painfully aware that litigation has been ongoing since the fall of 2011. The litigation stems from one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history. At least 147 people were sickened, and… Continue Reading

Three Food Safety Rules Grow Moldy at OIRA as Import-Related Outbreaks Continue

Opinion

About 15 percent of all foods we consume are imported. Looking at some particular categories, the numbers are far more striking: imports make up 91 percent of our seafood, 60 percent of our fruits and vegetables, and 61 percent of our honey. Most of these imports come from developing countries that lack any effective health… Continue Reading

Kosher Certification: A Model for Improving Private Food Safety Audits

Opinion

Kosher food is big business. There are more than ten thousand kosher-producing companies in the United States alone, making more than 135,000 kosher products for over twelve million American consumers who purchase kosher food because it is kosher. Only 8 percent of kosher consumers, however, are religious Jews. Most kosher consumers choose kosher for reasons… Continue Reading

Third-Party Audits – Their Crucial Role in Moving Forward With FSMA and Food Safety

Opinion

I recently had the honor of speaking at the 2012 Safe Quality Food International Conference in Cincinnati on the topic of the crucial role of third-party audits in moving forward with FSMA and food safety. In the talk, I spent time looking at what is working well with third-party audit systems, and where some of… Continue Reading

Serious Questions About Third-Party Audits

On Jan. 10, 2012, a Congressional House report was issued on the government’s investigation into the cantaloupe Listeria outbreak. The report provided some very interesting findings and lessons not only for and about Jensen Farms but for and about the industry as a whole. Conducted by the Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce, the investigation… Continue Reading