Food Safety

Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.
  • The Most Powerful Tool in the Kitchen

    Jul 13, 2021
    A sanitized and calibrated food thermometer is arguably the most powerful tool in the kitchen because of its ability to reliably verify a product’s safety against pathogenic ...
  • The Comfort Factor: How an SQF-Certified Baked Goods Company Assures Its Retail Partners

    Jun 4, 2021
    As we gear up to celebrate World Food Safety Day, June 7, 2021, we look at the important relationship between food suppliers and retailers and the responsibility food safety professionals have to assure food moves safely through the supply ...
  • SQF Excellence Awards: Coming Together to Recognize Food Safety Leaders

    Jun 1, 2021
    Annually, SQFI celebrates the success of our global community through the SQF Excellence Awards Program, which highlights the accomplishments, passion and leadership of food safety auditors and practitioners who have gone above and beyond to foster ...
  • Kids Cook Up a Healthy Tomorrow

    May 28, 2021
    The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) put a call out to kids and teens to join in a recipe contest, and from all across the country, they responded. As part of the Young Cooks Recipe Challenge, these aspiring chefs were asked to create ...
  • A Conversation with FDA about Tech-Enabled Traceability

    May 13, 2021
    FDA has launched a new quarterly podcast series that will examine the various aspects of the Agency’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. FMI’s Hilary Thesmar, chief food and product safety officer and SVP, food safety programs was invited to ...
  • Grocers Kept America Fed Throughout the Pandemic Despite Major Challenges

    May 7, 2021
    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost every facet of our lives since the first cases appeared in the United States late last winter, so it’s no surprise that it’s had a major impact on what Americans are eating and where they’re getting their ...
  • The Next Hot Topic: Social Justice and Food

    May 3, 2021
    The whole world is anticipating, yearning, and preparing for the day when the COVID-19 pandemic does not dominate the horizon of our life considerations. From a food industry perspective, part of that involves speculating which pandemic-tinged ...
  • FDA says E. coli in Leafy Greens is a ‘Reasonably Foreseeable Hazard’ – What does that mean?

    Apr 19, 2021
    Leafy greens outbreaks have a long history. From 2009 – 2018 there have been 40 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) outbreaks linked to leafy greens accounting for 1,212 illnesses, 77 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, and 8 deaths. Of these, ...
  • Natural Disaster Preparedness Resources

    Apr 16, 2021
    Each year, hurricanes, tornados, winter storms, floods, fires and a variety of other natural disasters take place, putting food, water and essential energy supplies at risk. Even during pandemics like COVID-19, retailers must consider how to keep ...
  • FMI Food Protection Committee Establishes 2021 Food Safety Initiatives

    Mar 24, 2021
    FMI’s Food Protection Committee (FPC) establishes annual initiatives to focus work, allow for resource allocation and highlight food safety issues that are topical and need industry collaboration for improvement. This year, the initiatives for the ...
  • Staying Strong with Family Meals and Food Safety

    Mar 16, 2021
    The time is right to help families include food safety skills and healthy eating habits at home, especially as they cook and enjoy more family meals together. With registered dietitians and food safety experts taking on greater responsibilities, the ...
  • Helping Retailers Deliver SafeMark Food Safety Training

    Feb 17, 2021
    Ninety-two percent of retailers believe that it is important for store associates take a retail-specific food safety training program. FMI is proud to deliver the SafeMark® Food Handler and Food Manager training programs – programs developed by ...
  • Speaking from the Heart on Valentine’s Day

    Feb 12, 2021
    I am seizing this opportunity to issue this blog as my heartfelt Valentine’s Day card to the food industry, the community I have always admired and respected, but have come to appreciate and dare I say, love, in some new and more profound ways over ...
  • The Future of Food Safety with FMI’s Food Safety Innovation Award Winner

    Feb 8, 2021
    At our January 2021 FMI Food Protection Committee Meeting we recognized Amazon with the FMI Food Safety Innovation Award. Amazon has grown a culture of innovation through its Leadership Principles that drives the company to continue advancing food ...
  • Consumer Food Safety Education in the Age of COVID-19

    Feb 4, 2021
    The truth is, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed us, particularly when it comes to gathering around the table for a family meal. It has uprooted our normal and has ...