Day: June 10, 2015

US: The CEO’s shopping list for safer food and bigger profits

Bill Marler / Forbes: I speak often at conferences to food manufacturers, foodservice and retailers about why CEOs and senior management (even outside of the traditional food safety or quality assurance department functions) must be dedicated to food safety if they want to make their business money.

My pitch is quite straightforward – “Why it is a bad idea to poison your customers.”

True, I am generally all about “doom and gloom”, but I also have a few recommendations for translating the “why” into practical “how”.

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Day: June 10, 2015

Food safety and foodservice – an unavoidable relationship, writes Richard Bennett

The question was posed: Is food safety the weakest link in the foodservice sector? That was the question requiring an answer at the recent PMA A-NZ Fresh Connections Foodservice Forum in May. Is food safety the most critical aspect of foodservice, or are issues like raw material supply, product innovation, packaging, shelf life and logistics, higher priorities?
Sadly, the facts speak for themselves, and food safety has to be right at the top, even if it’s not alone. “From 2007 to 2009, annual OzFoodNet data has consistently indicated that, on average, approximately two-thirds of all reported foodborne illness outbreaks in Australia involved food prepared in retail/food service settings e.g. restaurants, takeaways, commercial caterers, camps, cruise/airline, national franchised fast food restaurants and delicatessens” (Office of Best Practice Regulation 2011). That’s a sobering quote to start with.

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Day: June 10, 2015

US: FDA publishes draft guidance for expedited importer program

Food Safety News: One requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop a program to expedite food imports to the U.S. from importers with a proven food safety track record.

On Thursday, FDA published draft guidance for industry explaining how the new fee-based Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) will work.

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