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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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Feb
19

From National News Headlines to a Small Corner Stores: Recall Notifications Must Reach Key Audiences Down the Entire Chain

On January 14th, the CDC reported the conclusion of an outbreak of Salmonella Agbeni illnesses that initially began in November of last year. The outbreak of Salmonella – which can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps and can result in death if left untreated – was linked to four types of Duncan Hines boxed cake mix.

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Jan
29

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Updates Shifts Food Safety to Prevention Mode

In October, the FDA released new draft guidance for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on how to meet its seven key rules for ensuring the safety of our food supply. A month later, the nation was hit with yet another major food-borne outbreak – E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that killed five and sickened hundreds of consumers across 36 states.

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