Food Safety

Our Voice of Food Retail blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food retail industry.

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  • Are You Ready for Barry?

    Jul 11, 2019
    As we collaborate on this post, the current storm in the Gulf of Mexico has just been deemed Tropical Storm Barry by the National Weather Service. That classification may change, and the potential impact of the storm is shifting rapidly; however, we ...
  • FMI Food Safety Takeaways from IFT19

    Jun 18, 2019
    Earlier this month, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) held their annual convention in New Orleans, Louisiana to promote advances in food science with approximately 20,000 conference attendees. Here are a few key highlights from my week at ...
  • Recommendations for Food Retailers and Wholesalers on Sourcing Leafy Greens

    Jun 13, 2019
    Some things are out of our control, but as a big believer to control what we can, the food and product safety team along with the FMI Food Protection Committee have put together a plan and Recommended Food Safety Practices for Leafy Greens to help ...
  • In Defense of Food

    Jun 12, 2019
    Because of the uncertainty of the world we live in, there has been an increase emphasis on food defense to protect the food supply from these intentional acts intended to cause harm. Food and product contamination can occur at any point in the ...
  • FDA Support of the Product Code Date Label Initiative

    Jun 10, 2019
    Frank Yiannis, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deputy commissioner of food policy and response, gave FMI’s and GMA’s joint initiative urging industry-wide adoption of standard date-label language a ringing endorsement in his recent letter to the ...
  • World Food Safety Day: There is No Food Security Without Food Safety

    Jun 5, 2019
    FMI and SQFI support World Food Safety Day because it promotes awareness of the importance of food safety and inspires actions for safer food. We encourage you to participate in World Food Safety Day raise awareness around food safety at all levels ...
  • Photo Friday: FMI Members Visit Salinas, CA

    May 24, 2019
    Members from FMI’s Food Protection Committee along with FMI’s Food Safety and SQFI teams traveled to Salinas, CA to get a better understanding of the current food safety practices of various leafy greens growers and produce processing ...
  • Retail Food Safety Professional – The Wearer of Many Hats

    May 9, 2019
    In honor of International Food Professionals’ Day, today we salute the retail food safety professional who works tirelessly to ensure the food sold to customers is safe....
  • FSMA Rule on Intentional Adulteration Compliance Date Approaches, Who is Covered and What is Needed for Compliance?

    May 8, 2019
    The FDA’s Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule is one of the seven major rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The IA rule is intended to protect public health by preventing intentional adulteration from acts that are intended to ...
  • Safe Quality Food Institute and the National Restaurant Association Create SQF Food Safety Code for Foodservice

    Mar 22, 2019
    Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) is excited to announce that in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, the two organizations will develop the SQF Food Safety Code for Foodservice. This Code will provide a solution for the restaurant ...
  • A New Recipe for Food Safety at Home

    Mar 20, 2019
    The FMI Foundation and Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) released the Safe Recipe Style Guide, to help standardize food safety recipe instructions. These instructions can help raise public awareness for proper handwashing procedures, ...
  • The SCOTUS Case that will Reexamine What “Confidential” Means to You

    Mar 19, 2019
    A legal case heading to oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court this spring has far-reaching implications when it comes to something you hold near and dear -- your confidential commercial information. FMI is a named party in the case because we ...
  • SQF Code Recognized as a Procurement Standard for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

    Feb 14, 2019
    The five Olympic rings aren’t the only thing food retailers will notice at 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan. The SQF Food Safety Code for Primary Production has been recognized as a procurement standard for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic ...
  • FMI Food Safety 2019 Initiatives

    Feb 14, 2019
    The year ended up being a challenging one with a series of devastating foodborne outbreaks to hit retailers and our communities. As the FMI Food Protection Committee (FPC) looked at initiatives for 2019, public health and preventing additional ...
  • Let Us Begin to Unpack the Romaine Crisis

    Feb 11, 2019
    When the government issued a nationwide consumer advisory on all romaine lettuce just days before the biggest food holiday of the year, the operational impact was massive, and the repercussions continue today. Compounding the situation, this was the ...