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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  • Food Retailers Best Offense Could be Food Defense

    Jul 12, 2017
    In today’s world, it’s important to know how to prepare for intentional threats inside and outside of the food supply ...
  • AI, Cultured Coffee and 4 More Food Retailing Trends I Didn’t Know About

    Jul 3, 2017
    Specialty foods and beverages represent the sweet spot in food retailing today. Sales hit $127 billion last year, climbing 15 percent from 2014 to 2016, while total retail food sales grew 2.3 percent, according to the Specialty Food Association’s ...
  • Working with FDA During A Recall

    Jun 30, 2017
    There are endless reasons for product recalls, but no matter what, they are always highly stressful situations. The best way to handle recalls is to be prepared. During a recall, it is essential companies are prepared to communicate and work with ...
  • The Future of Food Safety

    Jun 29, 2017
    Whole genome sequencing, Listeria outbreaks, FSMA deadlines, allergen recalls: the list of emerging issues and regulatory requirements seem to go on-and-on. What does all this mean and how does this impact suppliers, brands, and food ...
  • 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 ...