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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  • 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 ...
  • USDA FSIS Outlines Long-term Plans to Evaluate Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Retail Delis

    Feb 21, 2017
    Prevention of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in retail delis has been a priority issue of FMI for over a decade and we’ve published several guidance documents, held numerous meetings and presentations on the topic. As a rare, but very serious bacterial ...
  • FMI Food Protection Committee sets 2017 Food Safety Initiatives

    Feb 9, 2017
    In late January, food safety professionals from FMI retail and wholesale member companies gathered in Scottsdale, AZ to discuss the 2017 food safety initiatives. The priority initiatives typically mirror the top issues that the industry is facing in ...
  • Are you prepared for Supply Chain Regulations?

    Feb 6, 2017
    Food retailers cannot ignore the rising pressure to keep track of these new rules and regulations that are constantly being rolled out and implemented. At the 2017 Supply Chain Conference, there will be several sessions discussing a number of ...
  • Unlocking the Grocery Food Safety Code

    Feb 3, 2017
    The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of FMI, will soon launch its Retail/Wholesale Grocery Code, the newest certification program from SQFI. The program was developed to provide retailer and wholesaler organizations with the ...