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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  • Living in a Prosumer World

    Apr 3, 2015
    We live in a “prosumer” world. Consumers utilize their stake in the market to advocate for safer, higher quality products and demand how those products are made. Scandals connected to forced labor, child labor, pollution, and lack of corporate ...
  • New Mobile App: Helping Shoppers Keep Food Fresh

    Apr 2, 2015
    Originally, the FoodKeeper was a publication developed by Cornell University’s Department of Food Science, FMI and USDA. The brochure contains valuable advice to help consumers understand the shelf life of products when stored in the pantry, ...
  • Food Safety and Health and Wellness Meet in the Store

    Mar 19, 2015
    Customers have a relatively high confidence in the food supply found at grocery stores. Ninety-one percent of consumers report that they trust their grocery to ensure safe food ...
  • Which foods have been associated with foodborne illnesses?

    Mar 9, 2015
    It has only been within the last few years that researchers, epidemiologists and data analysts have been able to publish estimates of foodborne illness attribution. Just last month, the CDC, FDA and USDA released a report on a new method to better ...
  • FMI In the News: Produce Food Safety Best Practices

    Feb 18, 2015
    “Implementing produce safety best practices is dependent on a leader who will drive change across an organization,” Thesmar said. “Throughout the process, the lead will continuously communicate with all stakeholders to identify any gaps and ...
  • Three Steps to Implementing Produce Safety Best Practices

    Feb 12, 2015
    Demand for local food continues to grow with the greatest growth occurring in the produce sector. The Produce product category offers unique challenges to meeting customers demand for fresh local products while maintaining the food safety ...
  • Excellence in Food Safety Training: SQFI Achieves FSC 25 and 26 GFSI Benchmarking

    Jan 23, 2015
    FMI congratulates our food safety and quality division, the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), as their Storage and Distribution of Food Products Program has received Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking. This module meets the Good ...
  • Top 3 Reasons to attend SafeMark’s Train-the-Trainer Workshop

    Jan 13, 2015
    Latest training materials, become a Certified Food Protection Manager and more all at the SafeMark Train-the-Trainer workshop....
  • Champions for Food Safety

    Dec 8, 2014
    Last week I had the pleasure of attending the National Consumer Food Safety Education Conference where several hundred food safety educators, researchers and public health leaders gathered to discuss the newest concepts and tactics to promote ...
  • FSMA Series: Supplemental Proposed Rules

    Dec 2, 2014
    This is the last blog post in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) series, and I thought it was only appropriate to end with the most recent updates on FSMA implementation. It’s quite rare for an agency to republish proposed rules and the ...
  • 4 Features of the New SafeMark Manager eLearning Course

    Nov 25, 2014
    The four new learning features of the training are just some of the changes that improve the learning experience, while equipping food managers with innovative tools to reduce the risk of foodborne illness and meet regulatory requirements. In ...
  • FSMA Series: Produce Safety Rule

    Nov 20, 2014
    SMA requires FDA to regulate what occurs on a farm. As one can imagine, the proposed rule has created significant controversy....
  • FSMA Series: Foreign Supplier Verification Program

    Nov 10, 2014
    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), for the first time, includes changes related to foreign supplier verification that will affect importers of foreign food. TheForeign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) will fundamentally change the way ...
  • FSMA Series: The Sanitary Food Transportation Act (SFTA)

    Nov 7, 2014
    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) includes changes related to sanitary transportation that will affect retailers and wholesalers with distribution centers; and retailers and wholesalers with distribution centers and truck fleets. The Food and ...
  • FSMA Series: Preventive Controls Plan

    Nov 6, 2014
    Included in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a mandate that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require comprehensive, science-based preventive controls for food facilities that process, pack or hold food regulated by FDA. It does ...