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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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  • 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 ...
  • 2017: What Can We Expect in Food Safety

    Jan 11, 2017
    For most food safety professionals, 2016 was a busy year. More than likely, the ‘Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA’ was the most commonly discussed topic throughout the food industry-that probably won’t change in 2017. But as we start 2017, we ...
  • 2016 for the FMI Foundation Was All About Family Meals and Food Safety

    Jan 4, 2017
    In 2016, the FMI Foundation made huge strides to help Americans eat one more family meal at home each week. September, National Family Meals Month™ transitioned from a social media campaign to a living, breathing campaign alive in stores, on TV, on ...
  • 2016: The Year of the Monkey, SQF to the Rescue

    Dec 22, 2016
    According to the Chinese calendar, 2016 was the year of the monkey. One could fairly say that there was a monkey on our stakeholders’ back this year, and its name was FSMA. Sorting through FDA’s Final Rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (...
  • Food Safety in 2016: Regulations, Resources and Relationships

    Dec 22, 2016
    The year of 2016 will be remembered for food safety regulations, resources and relationships. These three themes may appear rather divergent, but they served as the strands carefully woven into the life-line the FMI Center for Retail Food Safety and ...
  • Food Safety Education: How to Talk Food Safety with your Customers

    Nov 29, 2016
    Food retailers have invested tremendous resources in food safety over the past two decades. Food safety is the foundation of food retailers’ relationships with their customers—consumers expect the food they purchase is safe. According to US Grocery ...
  • It Is Time to Re-Register Your FDA Inspected Facilities: Why It’s Important and What You Need to Do

    Nov 17, 2016
    Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires biennial registration of all domestic and foreign food facilities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for consumption in the ...
  • Two Deservedly at the Top

    Nov 14, 2016
    Female leaders from many of FMI's member companies have received the recognition of Top Women in Grocery this year. I salute all of them. I’m especially honored to celebrate two of my exceptional colleagues who were honored this week at the Top ...