Management in food safety includes safeguarding business continuity and product quality through risk assessment, personnel and industry training, sharing best practices and case studies, and establishing robust food defense mechanisms.
The COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic that began in 2019 has impacted food safety, primarily in relation to facility sanitation, worker hygiene, personnel shortages and turnover, and ongoing supply chain disruptions.
Food safety culture is an essential, measurable, and sometimes regulated tool for managing food safety in an organizational context. It encompasses accepted behaviors, habits, values, norms, history, and expectations for the myriad ways in which food companies ensure safe food production for consumers.
Best practices in food safety include practices and processes that are followed, recommended, and shared by industry as safe, sustainable, recommended steps to ensure food safety, worker safety, consumer safety, and successful continuity of business operations.
Case studies examine real-life examples or scenarios involving regulatory enforcement or industry best practices in action, analysis of crisis management, technology being used to address contamination of food, or research studies of past events and data.
Crisis management encompasses government and industry management of food safety crises such as foodborne illness outbreaks and associated recalls. Food and beverage recalls by food companies or retail outlets may be due to contamination or adulteration.
Voluntary and compulsory trainings for food safety and quality professionals are offered through government, industry, academic, and corporate programs, classes, internships, certification courses, conferences, and other learning modes.
In July 2022, FDA unveiled an enhanced Enforcement Report Subscription Service for recalls that allows users, including industry and consumers, the option to receive notifications of new and updated recalls of FDA-regulated products posted to the application using custom keywords.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded its internal review of the agency’s response to the U.S. infant formula supply crisis, which details key findings and recommendations that will allow the agency to respond more quickly during food safety emergencies.
There are two big game-changers for improving food allergen safety: more effective food labeling, as well as risk assessments to understand the severity and frequency of allergic reactions. Identifying, prioritizing, and standardizing the list of major food allergens across global borders will help protect people everywhere living with allergies.
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) commissioned an independent review of the national food control systems of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S., which has revealed significant differences in how each country regulates food safety.
A study has demonstrated the economic impacts of foodborne illness outbreaks on supply chains by observing the damages caused by the 2018 Escherichia coli outbreak that was linked to romaine lettuce grown in California.
Researchers from the USDA’s Economic Research Service and CDC developed a model that can be used to assess the value of state and federal foodborne illness outbreak investigations and subsequent recalls. The researchers demonstrated the replicability of the model using a 2018 Salmonella outbreak as a case study.
Food companies are struggling with recall execution and communication, stemming from a patchwork of regulations. Three key issues confront industry due to this fragmentation of the recall system. The path to more effective recalls, in simple terms, is to standardize and streamline the existing system and utilize modern technology to circulate pertinent information.
For National Food Safety Education Month 2022, the National Environmental Health Organization (NEHA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (USDA's) Food and Nutrition Service are offering educational webinars and informational resources.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is encouraging countries around the world to adopt e-notification systems to bolster food safety, and has released a publication to support such efforts, titled, Technical Guidance for the Implementation of E-Notification Systems for Food Control.
During National Food Safety Month 2022, the experts at ServSafe, alongside the National Restaurant Association, will curate free content for the restaurant industry with a focus on “Food Safety at Every Level.”
On Demand:A paradigm shift in how we manage risk in foodservice establishments is imperative if we are going to significantly decrease the health and economic burden that foodborne illnesses cause in the U.S.