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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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...