Food Safety Update: Food Recalls Continue to Plague the Industry

Food recalls continue to draw consumer attention as the latest contamination announcements have hit the media. In September alone, there were 24 food product recalls listed on the FDA Recall website which included from ricotta cheese, peanut butter, fresh and packaged produce to, ice cream, and seafood. According to the Journal of Food Protection, the cost of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. is estimated at $78 billion a year and the number of food recalls in the last few years made the passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 more than necessary.  Also, with the increase of mergers and acquisitions in the food and beverage industry, standardizing quality processes and procedures across a global enterprise is a must- have to ensure consumer safety and traceability.

Organizations sometimes have the misconception that quality is a cost rather than an investment. But, in fact, quality issues and inefficiencies are the leading revenue drains on an organization.  By implementing an enterprise quality system, companies have the found that they can streamline processes, easily manage change, and automate reporting. With companies having to do “more with less” time, resources and budget, automating manual processes and connecting to disparate systems helps you work smarter, not harder.

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