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Category: Food and Beverage Industry

Jan
18

Don’t Be Fooled. Undeclared Allergens Aren’t Going Anywhere

The rise in contamination recalls, driven by advancements in testing and increased regulatory scrutiny, has received a lot of attention in recent months. It’s easy to forget the prevalence of other causes of food recalls, including undeclared allergens. In fact, the number of recalls due to undeclared allergens increased each quarter in 2016, rising from 40 in Q1 to 105 in Q4.  While these recalls make up a smaller proportion of recall activity compared to contamination, their share was fairly consistent throughout 2016.

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Dec
21

Produce Rule Highlights Challenges, Uncertainty in Food Industry

These are challenging times for the food industry. As reported in the most recent Recall Index, Q3 set another record for recall activity, due in large part to advancements in contamination testing. At the same time, regulators are becoming increasingly vigilant and provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are being implemented. It has been just over a year since one aspect of FSMA, the produce safety rule, was finalized.

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Oct
31

A Food Contamination Test Came Back Positive…Now What?

As our Q2 2016 Industry Spotlight “Tainted Table: The Rise in Food Recalls” shows, food contamination recalls are increasing, in large part due to advancements in testing. Contamination issues may not be on the rise, but odds of finding such an issue continue to grow.

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Sep
02

Tainted Table: Q2 Sees Drive Double-Digit Food Recall Increases

Powerful new testing methods and tighter regulation helped drive double-digit increases in food product recalls in the second quarter of this year, according to the Q2 2016 “Recall Industry Spotlight” Report recently released by Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS. The Industry Spotlight, which focuses on noteworthy developments related to product recalls, shows a significant trend in the food and beverage industry.

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Aug
02

As Kids Head Back to School, Food Companies Should Be Recall Ready

An estimated 15 million Americans have food allergies, including one in 13 children. As kids head back to school, that stat is on the minds of parents and schools. It’s also a potential liability for food companies. Undeclared allergen recalls are consistently among the top causes of food recalls. In Q2, they accounted for more than 1.1 million recalled units. If those products wind up in lunch rooms and vending machines, the consequences can be devastating.

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