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The Produce Safety Rule: Preparing for Routine FDA Inspections


We all know that 2018 was not a great year for farmers and growers in the United States. From romaine lettuce to pre-cut melons, we witnessed several foodborne disease outbreaks linked to the produce industry, triggering huge nationwide recalls. At least 800 people were sickened or hospitalized from multiple E. coli  outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce alone.

For farmers and regulators, reducing the number of food safety incidents remains a priority. If you operate a business that grows and sells fresh produce (fruits and vegetables), you should ensure your business complies with the provisions of the  Produce Safety rule for which FDA inspections start in Spring 2019.

Food Allergen Labeling: Getting it Right Through Supply Chain Transparency


It’s likely you know at least one American who has a food allergy. According to a recent study by the JAMA Network Open, one in ten US adults (10.8 percent) has a food allergy and far more (nearly 19 percent) believe they are food allergic. Previous statistics by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) estimates that 15 million Americans, including 5.9 million children under the age of 18, have food allergies. Proper allergen labeling is, therefore, a big issue in the food industry, as it protects the millions of people who have adverse reactions to certain food ingredients.

FDA Strengthens Effort to Make More Use of its Mandatory Recall Authority

“When issues arise that would put consumers at risk, we won’t hesitate to mandate the removal of a product from the market using the full extent of our authorities. It’s our responsibility. And it’s critical to our mission to ensure the safety of Americans.” - Excerpt from Nov. 9 statement by FDA Commission Scott Gottlieb, MD

Back in October, FoodLogiQ alerted you to the FDA’s new food recall policies; specifically, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s statement about the disclosure of retailer information and its subsequent ‘Draft Guidance’ aimed at setting criteria for making previously-confidential information public for certain types of recalls.

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Scott Gottlieb, MD, issues statement regarding disclosure of retailer information; Agency then announces new ‘Draft Guidance’ that sets criteria for making previously-confidential information public for certain types of recalls.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

The Safety Pros and Cons of Convenience Foods

Convenience has always been a key driver of consumer purchases in the food industry. While today’s consumers are more conscientious about the foods they eat, they still want products that are convenient and easy to prepare. Research by Nielsen revealed that one in four U.S. adults has purchased a meal kit in the last year, and 70 percent continue to buy them after making their first purchase.

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