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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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Apr
20

Food Recalls In The Midst Of The Pandemic

Food means joy, comfort – and frankly, employment – for many. But these days, food has too often become synonymous with uncertainty, stress, and fear. As coronavirus began to spread in the U.S., consumers rushed to supermarkets to stock up on food and other necessary groceries. Suddenly, store shelves were empty, and grocery store workers, forced to work in their essential industry, found themselves unable to keep up with consumer demand.

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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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