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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96% of shoppers

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  • 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 ...
  • Summertime Food Safety

    Jun 30, 2015
    When I think about summertime, my first thought is all the delicious food—BBQ, grilled fish, fresh watermelon and sweet corn. Summer offers an opportunity for grocers to remind customers of proper food handling and storage techniques to prevent ...
  • Managing the Risk of Food Recall to Keep Retailers Happy

    Jun 24, 2015
    There are many ways that suppliers can make retailers happy: healthy options, affordable products, sustainable sourcing, and reduced waste are only a few. What about simpler recalls? Or better yet, fewer or no recalls at all? No one, least of all ...
  • Connecting with SQFI at FMI Connect

    May 29, 2015
    Today’s consumers are striving to be more educated about the food they’re eating and providing their families, which leads to questions regarding the safety, quality and ethics about the manufacturing and distribution of their food. One link in the ...
  • Why Food Safety and Crisis Communications Professionals Should Be Best Friends

    May 27, 2015
    Whether a food recall, a new food safety news story or questions about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation, as the food safety and communications professionals at FMI we’re pretty much inseparable when these topics arise. That’s ...
  • 5 Reasons to Attend The FMI Foundation Retail Food Safety Forum

    Apr 29, 2015
    Food safety is the industry's top priority. We’ve designed this year’s Retail Food Safety Forum to help attendees be on the cutting edge. Here are our top 5 reasons to join us in Chicago this ...
  • Benefits of Traceability Beyond Food Safety

    Apr 22, 2015
    Product tracing used to be something we needed when things went wrong – when there was a recall or a food safety investigation. But now, product tracing has gone mainstream and has benefits well beyond food safety. Surprised?...
  • What Food Retailers Need to Know about the Food Safety Modernization Act

    Apr 10, 2015
    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) fundamentally changes the way food is regulated in the U.S. and abroad and affects the entire supply chain from farm-to-fork. FMI has broken down the changes to help food retailers better understand FSMA’s ...
  • Food Safety from Farm-to-Plate

    Apr 7, 2015
    Just in the US, approximately one in six people get sick annually from eating contaminated food, according to the CDC. Many of these illnesses can be prevented, but with a global food supply chain that continues to become more complex, strong ...
  • 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 ...