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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  • Buying the Luxury of Time to Think

    Jun 21, 2017
    The luxury of reflection and leisurely consideration is disappearing as we seek to do business in a world requiring us to stay two steps ahead or risk quickly finding ourselves three paces behind. At FMI, we have redoubled our efforts at identifying ...
  • Sanitary Design through Communication and Collaboration

    Jun 16, 2017
    Poor sanitary design coupled with poor cleaning and sanitation practices can lead to harborage areas where pathogens can survive, increasing the risk of contamination. Developing robust equipment and facility designs in your store can reduce the ...
  • The New Food Safety Testing Gold Standard: Whole Genome Sequencing

    Jun 6, 2017
    While the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) has updated U.S. food safety regulations, an emerging technology, known as whole genome sequencing (WGS), is revolutionizing outbreak investigations to more rapidly identify and prevent ...
  • Food Defense Superheroes: Suppliers and Food Processors to the Rescue

    May 31, 2017
    Arguably, there’s no greater hero to a company in the midst of a disaster or terrorist threat than those who are prepared to handle an emergency and shield your company’s assets from danger. ...
  • Are you Prepared for FSVP Compliance? Compliance begins May 30

    May 30, 2017
    The first compliance dates for FDA’s FSMA rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for importers of food for humans or animals begin May 30, 2017. The FSVP rule requires importers who are covered by the rule to have risk-based programs ...
  • Nurturing a $127 Billion Business Opportunity in Specialty Food

    May 22, 2017
    A 2017 report by the Specialty Food Association (SFA) indicates that the specialty food category represents $127 billion, up 15 percent since 2014. Specialty foods are outpacing their non-specialty counterparts in nearly every category. And ...
  • Add Value to Your Brand with the SQF Food Retail Code

    May 19, 2017
    Shoppers maintain a high degree of trust and confidence in their grocery store to keep food safe. According FMI’s 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends, nearly 9 in 10 shoppers having confidence in the safety of food at the grocery store. With trust ...
  • FMI Foundation Will Fund a Study to Identify Allergen Labeling Best Practices

    May 12, 2017
    FMI has united with retailers, industry experts, and suppliers to help reduce the rate of allergen recalls. The Center for Retail Food Safety and Defense, in conjunction with the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), will coordinate best allergen ...
  • Whole Genome Sequencing: Big Data Generating a Safer Food Supply

    Apr 26, 2017
    As 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 ...
  • Be the Future of Food Safety

    Apr 25, 2017
    The 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 ...
  • Effectively Managing Precautionary Allergen Labeling in Food Retail

    Apr 13, 2017
    Across 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 ...
  • When it comes to Safe Poultry Handling—Don’t Wing It

    Apr 10, 2017
    To 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 ...
  • Are you Ready for Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Compliance?

    Apr 7, 2017
    The 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....
  • Undeclared Food Allergens Continue to be the Leading Cause of U.S. Food Recalls

    Apr 3, 2017
    While 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 ...
  • FSVP Compliance Begins in May and the Key is Communication

    Mar 22, 2017
    With 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 ...