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HACCP Resources for Small Food Processing Companies (and Restaurants)

February 3, 2011 3 comments

Developing, implementing, and verifying effective written Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans can seem like a daunting task for startup and small-scale food processing companies.  (The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act requires food processing companies to do so.)  Climb this hill one step at a time, and you may realize that it is not so hard after all.  The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) of the USDA offers guidance and free information to help small and very small companies increase food safety by validating, verifying, and documenting their HACCP risk management plans.  Several universities and other organizations publish guidelines for how processing companies can develop HACCP SOPs.  Sample HACCP SOPs are also available for restaurants and foodservice companies.

My Company Only Manufactures Pet Food; Is a (Costly) Recall Necessary Due to a Risk to People?

February 2, 2011 1 comment

Pet food manufacturers need to plan proactively to prevent food recalls, too.  Even if people are not on the dog food diet, they may be exposed to salmonella by handling contaminated pet food products.  The moral of the story for (pet) food processing companies: although people should wash their hands more often, it’s often less expensive to produce a pathogen-free product than to incur expenses for a costly recall after discovering contamination.

Why are Some Stores Still Selling Contaminated Food a Week After It’s been Recalled?

February 1, 2011 1 comment

Why are some stores still selling a contaminated foodweek after it’s been recalled?  Perhaps they have not signed up for FDA email notifications re: product recalls.  This fast and free service will help your food processing company, restaurant, or retail store stay up-to-date about foods they use, serve, or sell and lower the risk of, e.g., selling salsa containing cilantro that may be contaminated with salmonella.

Most Ironic Food Recall of 2011 Expands

January 28, 2011 1 comment

The company that makes Toxic Waste candy that was recalled for excessive lead content has now expanded the recall to include some of its “Nuclear Sludge” candies sold since 2009.  How much of this has already been eaten?  One significant problem with food recalls is the lag time between the time of sale and the time of the recall, as people have likely consumed some of the recalled product.

Most Ironic Food Recall of 2011

January 26, 2011 1 comment

The makers of “Toxic Waste” candy are recalling their “Nuclear Sludge” bars, because they contain excessive lead.

Perhaps this candy is a bit too “hazardously sour”?  It’s not currently listed for sale on the company’s website.