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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  • 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 ...
  • Breaking Down SQF Certification

    Apr 13, 2016
    The new infographic 8 Steps to SQF Certification breaks down the ins-and-outs of how to become SQFI certified, but we thought some more resources wouldn’t hurt. Here are some added details behind each ...
  • Why Seek SQF Certification?

    Apr 7, 2016
    Obtaining SQF Certification isn’t just about protecting consumers, food service providers and retailers. It’s also about protecting the producers themselves. SQF Certification not only gives growers assurances that the food they’re selling has been ...
  • Do You Have What It Takes to Be A Food Systems Auditor?

    Apr 5, 2016
    Since 2013, the FMI Foundation has sponsored scholarships to students currently enrolled in food and agricultural science majors who have a true interest in the field of accredited food safety auditing. Applications are now being accepted for the ...
  • Photo Friday: A Visit to Mexico

    Mar 18, 2016
    Attendees of the ANTAD Expo were looking for solutions and new products to buy in the seafood, processed foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, poultry, meat and snack foods food sectors. ANTAD attendees were also looking for food safety and ...
  • Recalls Just Got Faster

    Mar 11, 2016
    When a Class 1 recall happens, most retailers remove product from shelves within two hours after learning about a recall. Many also notify customers through e-mail, phone, websites, social media and other communications tools. In order for recall ...
  • To All the RD’s in Food Retail: Happy National Nutrition Month and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

    Mar 9, 2016
    Dietitians in the supermarket industry will tell you the best part of working in food retail is the multitude of opportunities for dietetic practice. Dietitians with clinical expertise are providing nutrition counseling in supermarket pharmacies and ...
  • Grocery Revolution or Evolution

    Mar 3, 2016
    With more shoppers than households, grocery stores are finding ways to set themselves apart in order to grow their business. Differentiation is becoming the new competitive edge. We see this unfolding in FMI’s two annual signature research studies, ...
  • What’s Your Listeria Action Plan?

    Feb 29, 2016
    FMI recently invested in an updated FMI Listeria Action Plan for retailers which reaches beyond the deli. Developed by retail food safety experts, this document is simple and usable so that your store managers can take even more conscious steps to ...
  • Becoming a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual

    Feb 12, 2016
    This week, FMI hosted a three-day training session that allows food retailers and other interested parties to become preventive controls qualified individuals (PCQI) as defined by FDA through a curriculum developed through the Food Safety Preventive ...
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Food Safety

    Dec 30, 2015
    The regulatory landscape in 2015 offered innumerable opportunities to help FMI members navigate the intricacies and implications surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act. Food safety remains a number-one priority for food retailers and FMI has ...
  • 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 ...