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Nov
25

The Recall Trends and Data You Need in The Final Months of The Year

The latest data from our Third Edition Recall Index, the leading recall insights report, confirms recall activity has remained steady, for the most part, for the last 10 months despite the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with cases surging and a turbulent holiday season fast approaching, product safety challenges are on track to be even more difficult to manage as 2020 ends.

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Jul
29

Beware: Your Inadequate Product Recall Is Likely to Provoke a Lawsuit

While most product recalls in all industries are preventable through careful planning and strict procedures, they still occur and happen now more than ever before. And even after following correct protocols and regulatory guidance, you may still find yourself in the middle of a recall. But it’s not only a defective product that will put your company at risk. More important is the way you manage the recall that follows.

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Jul
17

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 close attention. But now that it is top priority for the agency, you can expect your regulatory obligations to change.

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Jul
17

The FDA Resumes Its Random Inspections. Are You Prepared?

The FDA recently announced that its inspectors may be knocking on your door as early as July 20 to conduct long-overdue domestic inspections. Once given the green light, inspectors’ first priority will be to conduct “mission critical” inspections of facilities considered to be of highest risk.

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May
05

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 and regulatory environment. Blue Bell, whose former CEO is also charged by the Justice Department with conspiracy to cover up safety problems at its plants, started with the best of intentions.

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