Food Safety Updates

  • Whole Genome Sequencing: Big Data Generating a Safer Food Supply

    Apr 26, 2017
    Whole Genome SequencingAs we collect more data about foodborne pathogens, we will gain a better understanding of how food becomes adulterated and how to identify the root cause of contamination. Whole Genome Sequencing's straightforward, inexpensive and highly-accurate testing procedure is emerging as a gold standard for the future of food safety. 
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  • Be the Future of Food Safety

    Apr 25, 2017
    SQF Auditor_FMI Foundation Scholarship Flyer_Page_1The need for food safety system auditors will continue to escalate as  the global supply chain continues to expand. To encourage careers in the field, the FMI Foundation has teamed up with The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) to provide a Food Safety Auditing Scholarship and Education Travel Grant to each of the 30 deserving college students in the past four years. 
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  • Effectively Managing Precautionary Allergen Labeling in Food Retail

    Apr 13, 2017
    LabelingAcross the food industry, voluntary warnings – called precautionary allergen labeling (PAL) – are included on finished products, or display cases, to alert customers about potential cross-contact with an unintended allergen source.
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  • When it comes to Safe Poultry Handling—Don’t Wing It

    Apr 10, 2017
    Dont Wing It ImageTo help with food safety education efforts, the Partnership for Food Safety Education is launching a new campaign, Don’t Wing It.  Don’t Wing It is designed to help consumers reduce the risk of foodborne illness for themselves and their families by practicing safe poultry handling in-store and at home. 
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  • Are you Ready for Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Compliance?

    Apr 04, 2017
    Sanitary TransportationThe final Sanitary Transportation rule published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2016 and is one of the seven major FSMA rules designed to create a risk-based framework for food safety. 
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  • Undeclared Food Allergens Continue to be the Leading Cause of U.S. Food Recalls

    Apr 03, 2017
    8 Major AllergensWhile tremendous efforts have significantly decreased the number of foodborne pathogens from entering our food supply, such as Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, the food industry is now facing another momentous challenge – effectively managing food allergens to prevent severe allergic reactions and recalls.  
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  • Avian Influenza

    Mar 23, 2017


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  • FSVP Compliance Begins in May and the Key is Communication

    Mar 22, 2017
    Communication is Key for FSVPWith a May 2017 compliance date quickly approaching, it seems that still the biggest question out there regarding the Foreign Supplier Verification Rule is ‘Who is the FSVP Importer?’ Although the rule defines FSVP importer, in many instances more than one party may meet the definition of the FSVP Importer. When there are several parties who can act as the FSVP importer things become more gray and the question becomes ‘Who should be the FSVP Importer?’ rather than ‘Who is the FSVP Importer?’
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  • USDA FSIS Outlines Long-term Plans to Evaluate Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Retail Delis

    Feb 21, 2017
    FMI-12092014_278-Edit_WEBPrevention of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in retail delis has been a priority issue of FMI for over a decade and we’ve published several guidance documents, held numerous meetings and presentations on the topic. As a rare, but very serious bacterial pathogen, Lm grows best in moist, cold environments and has an affinity for protein rich foods. The association of Lm with deli foods and the deli environment has been well documented in the food safety literature.
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  • FMI Food Protection Committee sets 2017 Food Safety Initiatives

    Feb 09, 2017
    FSI 17In late January, food safety professionals from FMI retail and wholesale member companies gathered in Scottsdale, AZ to discuss the 2017 food safety initiatives. The priority initiatives typically mirror the top issues that the industry is facing in food safety and will be the focus of the committee’s time and resources to develop programs and materials that will make a measurable impact in retail food safety.  
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  • Are you prepared for Supply Chain Regulations?

    Feb 06, 2017
    SupplyChainRegulationsFood retailers cannot ignore the rising pressure to keep track of these new rules and regulations that are constantly being rolled out and implemented. At the 2017 Supply Chain Conference, there will be several sessions discussing a number of regulations facing the food industry, including labor laws, product recalls and more.
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  • Unlocking the Grocery Food Safety Code

    Feb 03, 2017
    Produce In Grocery StoreThe Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of FMI, will soon launch its Retail/Wholesale Grocery Code, the newest certification program from SQFI. The program was developed to provide retailer and wholesaler organizations with the requirements to achieve accredited certification and creates a 365-degree uniform food safety management system across the retail and wholesale food industry. 
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  • 2017: What Can We Expect in Food Safety

    Jan 11, 2017
    Food Safety 2017For most food safety professionals, 2016 was a busy year.  More than likely, the ‘Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA’ was the most commonly discussed topic throughout the food industry-that probably won’t change in 2017.  But as we start 2017, we thought we would highlight some things you can expect this year from food safety along with FMI resources that will help you throughout the year.
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  • 2016 for the FMI Foundation Was All About Family Meals and Food Safety

    Jan 04, 2017
    National Family Meals Month In Store in 2016In 2016, the FMI Foundation made huge strides to help Americans eat one more family meal at home each week. September, National Family Meals Month™ transitioned from a social media campaign to a living, breathing campaign alive in stores, on TV, on the radio, and in print and digital advertising.
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  • 2016: The Year of the Monkey, SQF to the Rescue

    Dec 22, 2016
    Chinese Year of the MonkeyAccording to the Chinese calendar, 2016 was the year of the monkey.  One could fairly say that there was a monkey on our stakeholders’ back this year, and its name was FSMA.  Sorting through FDA’s Final Rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a time consuming, often frustrating and frequently confusing task.  To help SQFI stakeholders better understand the legal and regulatory complexities of FSMA, SQFI compiled a FSMA Resource page to assist our stakeholders as they worked toward compliance.
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  • Food Safety in 2016: Regulations, Resources and Relationships

    Dec 22, 2016
    Food Safety Protection CommitteeThe year of 2016 will be remembered for food safety regulations, resources and relationships. These three themes may appear rather divergent, but they served as the strands carefully woven into the life-line the FMI Center for Retail Food Safety and Defense extended to internal and external stakeholders this past year.
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  • Food Safety Education: How to Talk Food Safety with your Customers

    Nov 29, 2016
    Fight BAC LogoFood retailers have invested tremendous resources in food safety over the past two decades. Food safety is the foundation of food retailers’ relationships with their customers—consumers expect the food they purchase is safe. According to US Grocery Shopper Trends 2016 (FMI), nearly nine out of 10 shoppers have confidence in the safety of the food at the grocery store. Also, an increasing number of consumers are taking personal responsibility for food safety compared to just six years ago.
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  • It Is Time to Re-Register Your FDA Inspected Facilities: Why It’s Important and What You Need to Do

    Nov 17, 2016
    Food Facility RegistrationUnder the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires biennial registration of all domestic and foreign food facilities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for consumption in the United States (originally established under the Bioterrorism Act). Re-registration occurs every even numbered year from October 1 through December 31. New facilities must also register with the FDA. Farms and retail operations, such as grocery stores, do not have to register, while retailer-owned distribution centers must register as “holding” facilities, and retailer-owned commissaries and central kitchens that are not part of a retail location must also register.
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  • Two Deservedly at the Top

    Nov 14, 2016
    Top Women In Grocery AwardsFemale leaders from many of FMI's member companies have received the recognition of Top Women in Grocery this year. I salute all of them.  I’m especially honored to celebrate two of my exceptional colleagues who were honored this week at the Top Women in Grocery awards program -- Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer & senior vice president of government relations, and Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS, chief food and product safety officer & vice president, food safety program.  These two outstanding members of the FMI team were  recognized for their outstanding contributions to the progress of our industry. 
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  • Handwashing—Essential to Protecting Public Health

    Oct 14, 2016
    Handwashing stationTomorrow is Global Handwashing Day.  Yes, you heard it. Handwashing Day.  And, it’s not just National Handwashing Day but Global Handwashing Day. Why Handwashing you may ask? Although it may sound simple, handwashing plays an important role in protecting public health throughout the world, whether it’s in grocery store, restaurant, or in a healthcare environment.  
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