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FDA Takes Commitment to Consumer Safety and Public Health to Next Level with New Food Recall Policies

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, issues statement regarding disclosure of retailer information; Agency then announces new ‘Draft Guidance’ that sets criteria for making previously-confidential information public for certain types of recalls.

On September 26, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement by Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, about the FDA’s new policy to disclose retailer information for certain food recalls in an effort to improve consumer safety.  Then, just one day later, the FDA published a notice announcing the creation of a new ‘Draft Guidance’ - the second in a series of policy steps the agency is taking as part of a broader plan to improve oversight of food safety and the recall process.

Food Fraud: Reducing the Risks and Ensuring Food Safety

Food fraud is a rising concern in the food industry.  The deliberate substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food for financial gain defines food fraud. The Grocery Manufacturers Association estimates loss between $10 to $15 billion to food fraud each year. As the food supply chain becomes more complex and global, the possibility of encountering food fraud along the chain increases. Unfortunately, detecting and tracing cases of food fraud to the root sources becomes tougher.

Ensuring Food Safety and Building Customer Loyalty in Dog-friendly Restaurants

For dog-lovers, a meal at their favorite restaurant in the company of a four-legged friend might be the perfect treat. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 44 percent of American households own a dog. Although not all patrons are inclined to bring their pets along when eating out, there’s still a significant market opportunity.

The Pros and Cons of Family-friendly Restaurants

Bawling babies, tantrum-throwing toddlers, and picky preschoolers. These are not exactly your picture of perfect restaurant guests. Despite the many hassles of running a family-friendly restaurant, however, more restaurant operators continue to embrace this style, opening their doors to both adults and children.

In fact, banning kids in a restaurant can draw criticism. When Hampton Station, a craft beer bar and pizzeria put up a “No Children” sign last year, customers took to social media to express their dissatisfaction. However, some restaurants have experienced a business boom after implementing a kids’ ban.

Food Safety and Quality in Chef-Driven Fast Casual

There’s no doubt consumers love fast food. Fast casual dining has been on the rise since the late 2000s, and the movement has drawn the interest of food industry professionals at all levels, including chefs. In 2016, more than 1,600 chefs surveyed by the National Restaurant Association identified chef-driven fast casual concepts as a top trend, next only to local food sourcing.

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