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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  • Blockchain for Traceability and Independent Operators

    Feb 15, 2018
    Most food traceability systems are centralized or distributed. Blockchain allows for a decentralized system. It ensures appropriate visibility for each secure, authenticated and verifiable transaction. By getting everyone on the same page and using ...
  • How to Build a Food Safety Assessment

    Feb 12, 2018
    In October 2017, our food safety team and some FMI members participated in the SafeMark® Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Exam Review Workshop with Prometric, a leading testing and assessment authority and FMI’s SafeMark exam provider. It ...
  • Setting Our 2018 Food Safety Priorities

    Feb 5, 2018
    FMI members are on the front lines of food safety. Food safety professionals in our industry interact daily with customers to answer food safety questions, train associates on food safety best practices, and work with local regulators to help ensure ...
  • Photo Friday: Publix Super Markets Recognized for 2017 Food Safety Innovation Award

    Feb 2, 2018
    Publix Super Markets was recognized for receiving the 2017 Food Safety Innovation Award at FMI’s Food Safety Committee meeting held on Friday, January 26 prior to the 2018 Midwinter Executive Conference. Publix was selected by the award selection ...
  • Photo Friday: FMI and SQF Visit Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show

    Jan 26, 2018
    This week, Robert Garfield, senior vice president, and LeAnn Chuboff, vice president of technical affairs, of the Safe Quality Food Institute presented at Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, California....
  • FSMA Compliance Dates Continue to Arrive and FDA Clarifies Certain Provisions

    Jan 17, 2018
    With the FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance date later this month, the FDA continues to educate and clarify how they expect the industry to comply with FSMA regulations. On January 4, 2018, the FDA announced their intention to exert discretionary ...
  • Catfish Is Now Regulated as Meat

    Jan 9, 2018
    Historically, catfish food safety inspection fell under the responsibility of the FDA (along with all other seafood) until Congress, in the 2008 Farm Bill, directed USDA to develop an inspection process and regulate catfish ...
  • The Speed of Food Product Recalls

    Jan 8, 2018
    Change is occurring in our industry at a rapid pace, but one thing hasn’t: food retailers’ commitment to food safety and communicating relevant recall information to their customers wherever – and however – they shop....
  • FMI Foundation Sets New Records in Fundraising, Family Meals, Research and Scholarships

    Dec 29, 2017
    2017 was a record-setting year for the FMI Foundation. In January, the Foundation launched a completely re-designed fundraising event that included a lively cooking competition designed to accentuate the FUN in Fundraising and celebrate the good ...
  • SQFI: Shifting Food Safety Initiatives from Reactive to Proactive in 2017

    Dec 20, 2017
    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) shifted the food safety mindset from reactive to proactive. SQFI has responded by making changes and updates in 2017 to help companies nurture a food safety culture that is preemptive and ...
  • 2017: A Quest to Improve Food Safety

    Dec 20, 2017
    Each year, FMI’s Food Protection Committee (FPC) establishes initiatives that serve as the focus of the committee’s work for the year. Its initiatives focused on dealing with new regulations, managing recurring food safety problems and tackling ...
  • The Lego Legacy of 2017

    Dec 18, 2017
    2017 has been a year of big accomplishments for FMI, but something of a Lego-experience since these huge achievements are the sum of many, many small steps and tiny pieces coming together. Over the next few weeks, FMI will devote its blog platform ...
  • To Speak with One Voice

    Dec 15, 2017
    We refer to this new program as the Unified Voice Protocol and it is FMI’s most recent effort to establish a model approach to proactively perpetuate the environment of trust consumers tell us they enjoy with food retailers and to enhance that trust ...
  • Preparing Food Retailers for the Blockchain Revolution

    Dec 12, 2017
    Built on the foundation of trust and security, blockchain is a technology framework that stores, updates and verifies data across a decentralized peer-to-peer platform. This data is stored in encrypted, timestamped records – or blocks – that link to ...
  • Are You Ready for a Trading Partner Conversation Focused on Food Safety?

    Nov 22, 2017
    Consumers today demand food safety to be in place. So how retailers instill confidence to the consumer that the products they are buying from us are at the safest and highest level quality they can be? This is where the Safe Quality Food Institute (...