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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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Jun
01

How Outdated Data Impacts Medical Device Recalls

A medical device recall that affects only the provider and physician level sounds like it should be a simpler process than one that impacts the patient level. But these recalls can still involve serious pitfalls, especially when it comes to data – specifically, outdated data.   While a brick-and-mortar hospital doesn’t change sites often, smaller clinics and other facilities may move locations much more frequently.

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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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May
05

Food Pathogen Testing: What’s on the FDA’s Menu?

At a recent Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) event, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) representative spoke about the agency’s push for pathogen testing in food products. A combination of more sophisticated testing and more aggressive regulatory enforcement has helped drive up contamination recall activity in the food sector in recent quarters.

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