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Jan
19

When Food Companies Get their First Taste of Recalls

Food companies have many challenges to deal with on a regular basis: cost controls, the frequently changing health concerns of consumers, the need to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and more. In the midst of all those factors, the potential for a product recall may not be top-of-mind, especially for smaller companies and those who haven’t experienced a recall before. The top causes of food recalls, such as the discovery of potential bacterial contamination or undeclared allergens, happen fast.

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Aug
29

A Bitter Pill: Recalled Pharmaceutical Units Increase 444 Percent in Q2

By ExpertSolutions Tags: Recall Index,

Pharmaceutical recall activity saw a disturbing rise not only in the volume of products recalled last quarter, but also in the severity of risk to consumers, according to the Q2 2017 Recall Index. Pharmaceutical recalls increased 6 percent over the previous quarter to 86. More jarring, the volume of recalled drug units circulating in homes and store shelves climbed 444 percent over the previous quarter, making it the most active quarter since Q4 2014.

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Jul
12

A Two Pronged Approach to Putting a Fork in Foreign Objects

Foreign materials caused just over 10 percent of FDA food recalls in 2016, and only about two percent of recalled units. While the amount is small compared to other common causes, the impact may be disproportionately large. From a consumer perspective, a food safety issue such as an undeclared allergen is a major concern – if you have the allergy in question. While some are affected greatly, others are unaffected. That’s not the case with foreign matter contamination.

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Jun
14

Supplier Slip-ups: How Food Companies Can Manage the Multiplier Effect

Cumin spice. Sunflower seeds. Pathogen contamination. Undeclared allergens. Recalls that originate with suppliers can involve many different causes and virtually any ingredient. This creates a “multiplier effect.” Like dominoes, a single supplier issue can bring down dozens of companies and hundreds of brands. Food companies should approach this problem in two ways: Take steps to reduce the likelihood and mitigate the risk.

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May
17

Social Media and Food Recalls: When Bacteria Goes Viral

For many companies, social media is both a blessing and curse. It is a relatively inexpensive way to promote new products and increase brand awareness. It helps businesses learn more about their customers. On the other hand, complaints and poor reviews can be potentially damaging if they aren’t navigated correctly. That’s especially true during a crisis such as a product recall.   In our recent

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