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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  • Your FSMA Preventive Controls Checklist

    Sep 23, 2016
    In response to FSMA, SQFI has developed a voluntary Preventive Controls audit checklist and guidance document for stakeholders to use as a guide for identifying the necessary steps to bridge any gaps between a company’s SQF Program and the PC ...
  • 3 Reasons to Invest in Food Safety Training and Certification

    Sep 15, 2016
    There are more than 42,200 items in a grocery store (The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2015). That’s 42,200 opportunities to have a mishap, and it only takes one issue to damage a company’s reputation. Food safety is the hallmark of grocers’ ...
  • CEO Spotlight: Hear How Food Retailers Are Preparing for FSMA Compliance

    Aug 30, 2016
    The compliance date for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls Rule is just around the corner. ReposiTrak® recently spoke with Kevin Davis, chairman and CEO of Bristol Farms and FMI’s board of directors chairman, on what was ...
  • FSMA Compliance for Preventive Controls Begins in September: Are You Ready?

    Aug 25, 2016
    Compliance for the cornerstone rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) begins on September 19, 2016. Hopefully this does not come as a surprise and simply as a gentle reminder to complete your Hazard Analysis and Preventive Control Plans ...
  • Identity Crisis: Preventive Controls Qualified Individual vs. Qualified Individual

    Aug 9, 2016
    If you’re a food safety professional working on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) these days you might be having an identity crisis. It’s okay. Stay calm, we have resources to ...
  • Mission Not Impossible: Knowing Where Your Food Comes From

    Jul 27, 2016
    Today’s shoppers want to buy from local growers and, whenever possible, know the source of the ingredients in their processed food. For food retailers and companies looking to respond to this consumer demand for healthy, locally sourced food, the ...
  • Lessons on Listeria Prevention from Cornell University Expert

    Jul 25, 2016
    We recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Martin Wiedmann, Gellert Family Professor of Food Safety and Director of Graduate Studies for the Field of Food Science and Technology at Cornell University about his work and his thoughts on ...
  • Top-10 Reasons to Attend the 2016 SQF International Conference

    Jul 12, 2016
    Designed and developed by your peers in the food safety industry, the annual SQF International Conference provides a unique and valuable opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to strengthen your food safety and food quality assurance programs, ...
  • Grocery Stores: The Go-To Place for Cookout Supplies and Food Safety

    Jul 1, 2016
    Consumers take personal responsibility for ensuring their own food safety (FMI U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends Report 2016), but retailers can play a role in helping shoppers become more knowledgeable about food safety. So, as you help your customers ...
  • FDA Report Recognizes Food Industry’s Food Safety Efforts

    Jun 9, 2016
    FDA recently released the 5th Annual Report for the Reportable Food Registry (RFR) which includes the reporting period of September 8, 2013-September 7, 2014. In this report, FDA recognizes the work the food industry has done over the past five ...
  • Accurate Information and Effective Communication: Key to Retail Allergen Management

    May 26, 2016
    FMI recently published a Retail Allergen Resource Guide to address food allergens with store brand products, in-store practices and procedures, employee and customer awareness and engagement. Development of the Retail Allergen Resource Guide was a ...
  • FSMA Compliance Solutions at FMI Connect

    May 16, 2016
    FMI has been working with the FDA on the FSMA regulations for years and knows the intricacies of the law and the regulations and how they work together. FMI Connect is the place to be to ask questions and meet the experts who can help....
  • Sliced Cheese and Burger Patties Meet At Last in the Aisle

    May 4, 2016
    Last week hundreds of food safety representatives from regulatory, industry, academia, professional organizations and consumer groups gathered at the 2016 Conference for Food Protection biennial meeting in Boise, Idaho. Each Council had close to 14 ...
  • Inside Boardroom: The Importance of Food Safety

    Apr 19, 2016
    In the fifth part of our Q&A series, I spoke with Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS, VP of food safety programs at FMI, and Chris Baker, partner in Oliver Wyman’s Retail Practice, on the importance of food safety to our industry. Food safety has always ...
  • How are changes made to the FDA Food Code?

    Apr 15, 2016
    The FDA Food Code is the go-to resource for retail food safety professionals. The Food Code is a model guidance that includes science-based food safety principles for the retail and food service industry to protect public health and ensure the food ...