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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  • What’s In A Brand?

    Jan 21, 2020
    Life is full of circumstances and situations that prompt us to evaluate our personal brand and make necessary changes, adapting to a new position or setting by shifting our brand. Sometimes these involve small adjustments and sometimes we must ...
  • SQF Fundamentals Program Launches in Brazil

    Jan 16, 2020
    Brazil is one of the largest importers of food supplies into the U.S. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the largest categories imported from Brazil are unroasted coffee ($934 million), fruit and vegetable juices ($501 million)...
  • Smarter Food Safety: Emerging Technologies, Smarter Tools for Prevention, Evolving Business Models, and Food Safety Culture

    Jan 12, 2020
    Our “New Era of Food Safety" comments focus on several key principles, including focusing on outcomes; leveraging existing tools; increasing communications with stakeholders; accounting for the food industry’s variable resources and abilities; and ...
  • New Year Food Safety Resolutions with SQF Fundamentals Program

    Jan 6, 2020
    Has your company set food safety resolutions for the new year? Well, it all starts with building and nurturing a culture of food safety. Food safety doesn’t begin or end at your food industry site. Food safety is critical at every step in the supply ...
  • FMI’s 2019 Year in Review

    Dec 20, 2019
    There is something particularly noble about accomplishments that have so many ups and downs and surprise developments that they require a special brand of perseverance. Finishing the fight requires overcoming the nagging drag of self-doubt when the ...
  • SQF 2019: Embracing Difficult Food Safety Conversations

    Dec 12, 2019
    The SQF Conference provides a variety of educational opportunities for SQF stakeholders in the auditing, manufacturing, retail and foodservice sectors. The global audience helps FMI and SQFI assess emerging challenges facing our food supply and ...
  • Retail Cleaning and Sanitation Programs Foster Food Safety Culture

    Dec 9, 2019
    Throughout the year, the Food Protection Committee (FPC), a group of food safety leaders from FMI member companies, worked hard to publish free food safety resources that support all FMI members in advancing food safety ...
  • Mark Your Calendars: Special Days During the Holidays

    Nov 26, 2019
    In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, I encourage you to donate to the FMI Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports research and education in the areas of food safety, nutrition, and health. Here are some of our 2019 successes that ...
  • Photo Friday: International Member Visit

    Nov 22, 2019
    This week, FMI hosted international member Auto Mercado, the leading family-owned supermarket in Costa Rica, operating 17 large stores, 19 smaller format stores and one commissary....
  • Photo Friday: FMI Food Safety Participates in AFDO Environmental Sampling Workshop

    Nov 1, 2019
    FMI Food Safety staff members, Ashley Eisenbeiser and Adam Friedlander, participated alongside local, state and federal regulators in an Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Environmental Sampling Workshop in Washington, D....
  • Creating A Safer World, A Smarter You

    Oct 30, 2019
    When management is committed to creating a food safety culture, recalls and market withdraws are reduced, efficiencies are increased, and costs are lowered. As food safety professionals, we can take advantage of training and conferences/industry ...
  • Food Retailers Develop Free Hepatitis A Resource to Protect Public Health

    Oct 25, 2019
    The FMI Food Protection Committee (FPC) published the Hepatitis A Information Guide for Food Retail. This resource aims to protect public health and reduce the likelihood of foodborne illness by answering common questions regarding food safety, ...
  • Proactive Strategies to Boost Fresh Foods' Safety

    Oct 18, 2019
    Achieving fresh foods safety can sometimes feel like a game of whack-a-mole. That’s because retailers and suppliers are often forced to react to food safety ongoing outbreaks and ...
  • Food Safety, Technology and Regulatory Decision Making at the FDA

    Oct 15, 2019
    At this year’s biennial FDA Science Forum, scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and academia shared cutting-edge food safety research to update the general public on important work being conducted to protect public health. The ...
  • FMI Food Safety Innovation Award – Recognizing Excellence in Food Safety

    Oct 7, 2019
    Food Safety Innovation Award nominations are now being accepted and are due by November 1, 2019. Presentation of the award will take place in conjunction with the FMI Food Safety Committee Meeting on January 24, 2020, in Phoenix, AZ. ...