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Healthy Eating Trend Equals Greater Risk for Foodborne Illness

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Oct 4, 2018 5:35:42 PM

Restaurants must take food safety seriously—every employee, every day, on every shift.

Today’s consumers are seeking fresher, healthier food, focusing more on salads and other produce versus more processed, high-fat convenience foods. As Americans demand healthier products, restaurants and other food businesses are responding with fresher ingredients. And this is a big reason that we’ve seen a huge uptick in foodborne illnesses lately. It’s a great irony that produce and other fresh foods are healthier for consumers to eat, but they inherently carry more food safety risk.

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Topics: Food Safety Technology, Food Safety

Walmart's Blockchain Solution Offers Food Safety Lessons

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Sep 30, 2018 8:58:38 PM

Earlier this spring, the CDC started issuing warnings about an E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. Since many food businesses rely on antiquated pen and paper record-keeping, as opposed to digital technologies, it was challenging to pinpoint exactly where the tainted lettuce came from and where it was shipped, sold and served.

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Topics: Food Safety Technology, Food Safety, Blockchain

Why America's Food Safety Culture is Broken

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 20, 2018 8:52:45 PM

 

WE MUST RETHINK ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES STARTING AT THE C-SUITE. 

 

Over the past year, I have met more than 100 highly dedicated, thoughtful food safety leaders—and they are an anxious lot. You see, they know better than every executive, investor, regulator, and customer how broken the American food safety system is. But they can’t fix it.

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Topics: Food Safety Technology, Food Safety

360 Degrees of Food Safety

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Sep 17, 2018 5:31:57 PM

 

Today's consumers demand fresh, locally sourced food and that means ingredients are now more susceptible to food safety issues than at any point in recent history. Here are some recent lowlights:

  • Recent (massive) romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak - and subsequent product recall
  • Tainted produce in McDonald's salads which recently sickened hundreds of consumers
  • Bacteria in pre-cut fruit - the list goes on and on. 
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Topics: Food Safety

Romaine, Blockchain, and the Future of Food Safety

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Sep 11, 2018 4:29:49 PM

 

 

WHAT IF YOU COULD IMMEDIATELY AND ACCURATELY FIND OUT IF ANY OF YOUR PRODUCE HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN A FOOD SAFETY RECALL?

 

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Topics: Food Safety, Blockchain

4 Reasons American Food Companies Use Pen and Paper as Their Core Safety Technology

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Aug 29, 2017 9:41:58 AM

The 5 trillion dollar food industry takes safety exceptionally seriously.  Customer health and safety depend on rigorous, continuous protocols. Mistakes have devastating financial and cultural consequences for these companies.

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Topics: Operations, Quality Assurance, Technology, Compliance, Food Safety, Safety and Quality Inspections

How Mobile Checklists can Help Manage FSMA Compliance on Prevention Controls

Posted by Manik Suri on Nov 8, 2016 7:38:02 AM

The final rules on prevention controls in human and animal food were announced on August 31, 2016. While the dialog about the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) has been primarily focused on “What is going to be required by a company?”, it is quickly shifting to “How am I going to make sure we are compliant?” If you look at what being FSMA compliant means, it really comes down to defining gaps in your current food safety systems, updating your programs to fill those gaps, and implementing an ongoing program backed up by comprehensive program documentation and record keeping. This is where mobile checklists can help your organization tackle these compliance challenges effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Brand Standards, Operations, Quality Assurance, Food Safety

How Digital Audit Logs Reduce Food Safety Litigation Costs and Risks

Posted by Manik Suri on Oct 17, 2016 8:05:01 AM

 

Guest Post by: Rosalinda Cerna, MPH, CP-FS, EHS

Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

It is estimated each year that one in six Americans (about 48 million people) gets sick of foodborne illnesses. Each year, 128,000 people end up hospitalized and the annual cost of foodborne illness is around $152 million. With recent events at Chipotle, Blue Bell, and Dole Foods amongst others, food safety has become a very high profile issue. The growing cost and risks around foodborne illness-related incidents has led the food industry to seek out more effective ways of approaching food safety.

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Topics: Legal, Quality Assurance, Compliance, Food Safety

Food with Integrity: The Top 5 Trends for Food Retailers

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 20, 2016 7:21:47 AM

Guest Post by: Rosalinda Cerna, MPH, CP-FS, EHSFormer Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Whole Foods Market

In this era of “Farm to Table” retailers are asking themselves an important question: is it possible to efficiently scale a brand built around fresh, locally sourced food? Chipotle--a retailer that has been widely credited as one of the most influential trailblazers of the fast casual dining segment--has been struggling with this question in the midst of numerous foodborne illness outbreaks linked to their restaurants. Its “Food With Integrity” slogan has been under public scrutiny over the past year. This has placed a huge spotlight on all food retailers and their ability to meet consumer demand for fresh and local product with the safest possible product.

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Topics: Brand Standards, Operations, Quality Assurance, Food Safety

Why CoInspect? How Digital Checklists Improve Food Safety

Posted by Manik Suri on Jul 11, 2016 7:09:20 AM

Guest Post by: Rosalinda Cerna, MPH, CP-FS, EHS

Former Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Whole Foods Market

In my twenty years as a food safety professional, one of the constant challenges I have come across is maintaining accurate monitoring logs. If there’s one excuse I always hear, it’s “I just did not have enough time to fill out the log.” Traditional paper-based logbooks don’t provide enough transparency or accountability to ensure this critical step in the prevention of foodborne illness is followed through in the most accurate and efficient manner.  

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Topics: Operations, Quality Assurance, Compliance, Food Safety