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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  • New Recordkeeping Requirements for Retailers that Grind Raw Beef Products

    Dec 15, 2015
    On Monday, December 14, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a final rule amending its recordkeeping regulations for all official establishments and retail stores that grind ...
  • How to be FSMA Compliant: SQF Level 2 Certification Gets You Ready

    Dec 2, 2015
    We at the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) know our stakeholders have questions about how SQF Certification will prepare them to be compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Now we’ve answered those ...
  • Government and Food Industries Need to Work Together to Make Food Safer

    Nov 16, 2015
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently published its food safety Vital Signs Report. Instead of highlighting a single microorganism, this year’s report takes a more holistic approach, focusing how the food industry and local, state, and ...
  • Playing Supermarket Myth Whack-A-Mole

    Oct 30, 2015
    The rationale behind the myth busting web page is to provide our members with resources to confront the misperception being perpetuated every time they hear or see it, so we don’t have to play whack-a-mole on an ongoing basis. If we challenge the ...
  • The Meat of the Matter

    Oct 26, 2015
    A report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) under the World Health Organization today makes unfavorable assertions concerning the health effects of meat consumption. The study’s findings on red and processed meats are based on ...
  • Myth or Treat: Correcting Food Retail Misconceptions

    Oct 14, 2015
    The food retail industry is accessible and customer-service-based, which are positive attributes that sometimes make a supermarket a susceptible target for unsolicited criticism. FMI remains your spokesperson on the public relations challenges that ...
  • Help Shoppers Avoid “Danger Zone” with GO 40 °F or BELOW

    Sep 28, 2015
    Retailers’ commitment to reducing the risk of foodborne illness expands beyond the store walls into the home of customers. With the support of the FMI Foundation and other industry partners, the nonprofit Partnership for Food Safety Education is ...
  • Corporate Executive Liability for Food Safety Violations-Peanut Corp. of America

    Sep 22, 2015
    The sentencing and the associated PCA Salmonella outbreak are especially timely as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begins its final stage of implementing FSMA. Last week, the agency published final rules on preventive controls for human and ...
  • Food Safety is a Must When it Comes to Family Meals

    Sep 21, 2015
    To many the task of preparing a family meal can be overwhelming, even more so if one is not comfortable in the kitchen. Fifty years ago, home economics classes were apart of the regular course schedule of high school students; today, few, if any, ...
  • September is almost here—Have you planned your Food Safety Month activities yet?

    Aug 25, 2015
    September 2015 marks the 21st National Food Safety Education Month. The focus of National Food Safety Education Month is to educate and increase consumer awareness on the importance of proper food safety practices. Communicating food safety ...
  • Listeria – Beyond the Deli

    Jul 28, 2015
    For retailers, “Listeria,” “food safety,” and “retail delis” are words that commonly go together. However the FMI Food Protection Committee Listeria workgroup is developing recommendations to combat Listeria beyond the retail deli and take the ...
  • How Food Retailers Help Maintain the Produce Cold Chain

    Jul 21, 2015
    FMI had the opportunity to participate in a symposium at IFT 15 titled “Cold Chain for Produce Safety: The Status Quo and Technologies to Minimize Food Safety Risk.” For retailers, the produce department is a key differentiator along with other ...
  • VQIP: FDA’s fast track for importers

    Jul 13, 2015
    According to USDA Economic Research Service, from 2000-2014 the volume of food imports increased 7.8 percent. FDA regulates more than $49 billion worth of food imports and oversees more than 377,000 food facilities, 154,000 domestic food facilities ...
  • Best Food Industry Career: Food Systems Auditing

    Jul 10, 2015
    The competencies of an auditor extend beyond food safety, encompassing a broad range of interpersonal skills, including the capacity to communicate to people at all levels and the ability to collect objective information through effective ...