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Mar
18

Future Cost of COVID-19 on Pharma Manufacturers

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue 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 may be available. The good news is that the safety of our food has been given a clean bill of health so far. Research indicates that food and food ingredients aren’t a transfer source for coronavirus.

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Feb
10

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 cases, regulations U.S. PIRG wants aren’t groundbreaking, and are already on the industry’s radar.

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Oct
09

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 federal register that Chapter 14: Recall Plan is now available. The PCHF guidance specifies that companies and organizations “must establish a written recall plan for food that requires a preventive control (21 CFR 117.139(a)).

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Jul
17

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. When that seal is broken by someone other than us, we’re warned and conditioned to think that foul play has probably occurred. We understand that the product could be adulterated, contaminated or otherwise altered, rendering it unsafe.

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Apr
16

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 artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, big data, and others on product recalls are slowly unfolding, but emerging patterns give us some sense about how these technologies might affect product safety and recall management in the future.

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