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June 04, 2021
Mark Buckingham
The hidden danger in common crops

You can’t see, taste or smell them but aflatoxins can be present in everyday dried staples. And with COVID-19 and global warming impacting crop production and storage, they are on the rise. During the month of April 2021, there were 22 RASFF (Rapid…

June 04, 2021 by Mark Buckingham
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March 15, 2021
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
Fruit and vegetables send European border controls into overdrive

Producers and their supply chains are all aware of the global trend that is being driven by consumers around wellbeing. Those in the food and drink industry play a significant role in responding to it. Consumers have cultivated a deeper understanding…

March 15, 2021 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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December 22, 2020
Ryan Gooley
Everything you need to know about the FDA’s proposed food traceability rule

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to establish traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. The proposal applies to those who manufacture, process, pack or hold foods designated for inclusion on the Fo…

December 22, 2020 by Ryan Gooley
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July 17, 2020
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
Consider the FDA’s new food safety blueprint a warning

After months of COVID-19-related delays, the FDA has just released its “New Era of Smarter Food Safety: Blueprint for the Future.” Part of that blueprint focuses on recall modernization – a process that actually has been ongoing even without FDA’s cl…

July 17, 2020 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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May 05, 2020
Ryan Gooley
Blue Bell: A cautionary tale for all food companies

News about Blue Bell Creameries’ guilty plea and $19 million in federal fines linked to a deadly 2015 listeria outbreak that led to a series of ice cream recalls serves as a cautionary tale for all food companies operating in today’s punishing media …

May 05, 2020 by Ryan Gooley
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April 20, 2020
Ryan Gooley
Food recalls in the midst of the pandemic

Food means joy, comfort – and frankly, employment – for many. But these days, food has too often become synonymous with uncertainty, stress, and fear. As coronavirus began to spread in the U.S., consumers rushed to supermarkets to stock up on food…

April 20, 2020 by Ryan Gooley
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March 18, 2020
Amanda Combs
recall consultant
Future cost of COVID-19 on pharma manufacturers

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase worldwide, numerous questions and a tremendous amount of misinformation cloud the issue. Many remain confused about how the virus is transmitted, how dangerous it is, and what treatments for it ma…

March 18, 2020 by Amanda Combs, recall consultant
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February 13, 2020
Coronavirus and Food Safety: The Latest Consumer Fear

Consumers around the world are fearful about the latest novel coronavirus (currently named “2019-nCoV”), which has so far infected tens of thousands of people and killed hundreds more. As with any major viral outbreak, concerns arise over the safety …

February 13, 2020
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February 10, 2020
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
Preying on fear, activists call for more food safety regulation

In the aftermath of widespread romaine lettuce, flour, and chicken-strip recalls in 2019, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund is calling for upgrades to food-safety regulation in the 2020 edition of its food safety report, “How Safe is Our Food?” In most c…

February 10, 2020 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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February 02, 2020
Seafood recalls spike amid food poison fears

Four countries have flagged food poisoning concerns in consignments of oysters this week. France, Denmark, Spain and the United Kingdom notified authorities and withdrew thousands of oysters from the market after they tested positive for norovirus…

February 02, 2020
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October 09, 2019
Amanda Combs
recall consultant
FDA’s recall planning guidance offers little new insight

FDA started issuing draft industry guidance related to Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) in January 2018, but the 16 chapters are still a work in progress. Most recently, the FDA alerted the industry in the fede…

October 09, 2019 by Amanda Combs, recall consultant
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July 17, 2019
Ryan Gooley
Breaking the seal on food products: Transforming protective measures into a sales advantage

When it comes to OTC pharmaceuticals and most personal care products, we’ve become accustomed to breaking layers of plastic bands, packaging seals and shrink-wrapped liners, whether opening a new bottle of ibuprofen or a fresh jar of moisturizer. …

July 17, 2019 by Ryan Gooley
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May 21, 2019
Ryan Gooley
Blockchain and recalls: How the technology could prevent people from eating contaminated food

Most people have heard of blockchain technology as it relates to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. In fact, blockchain was initially developed specifically to record and track bitcoin transactions. As the technology becomes more widely adopted, however,…

May 21, 2019 by Ryan Gooley
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April 16, 2019
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
How emerging technologies can both improve and exacerbate product recalls

Advances in technology tend to be mixed blessings for product recalls. They often introduce new product safety vulnerabilities while, at the same time, may offer new capabilities that improve recall efficacy. The impact of technologies like artifici…

April 16, 2019 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
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January 29, 2019
Ryan Gooley
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) updates shift food safety to prevention mode

In October, the FDA released new draft guidance for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on how to meet its seven key rules for ensuring the safety of our food supply. A month later, the nation was hit with yet another major food-borne outbreak –…

January 29, 2019 by Ryan Gooley
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