From Farm to Fork: The Dairy Supply Chain

Milk and dairy products have been associated with foodborne illness for centuries. So it’s no surprise that they’re probably the most highly regulated foods. In fact, the milk industry was the first sector of the food industry to implement its own regulations to improve food safety. To get a little perspective – in 1924, when the first Pasteurized Milk Ordinance was passed, milk products accounted for 25% of all...

Written by Garret Weigel | November 14, 2018 | Food Safety, Supply Chain

The FDA’s 5 Most Common Food Safety Citations

We all read the headlines about foodborne illness outbreaks at top national chain restaurants. Naturally, these big stories attract both the public and the press. But have you ever wondered if the violations that cause these infamous outbreaks are relatively rare events or more common among all restaurants, large and small? That’s a question the FDA tries to answer every fiscal year.

Written by Garret Weigel | November 7, 2018 | HACCP, Food Safety

Managing Shrink: Inventory Control of Temperature Sensitive Cargo

In 2017, Baxter International shipped INTRALIPID 20% IV Fat Emulsion, 100 mL, to hospitals and healthcare providers in the United States. The shipment never made it.

Written by Garret Weigel | November 2, 2018 | Supply Chain, Pharmacy Safety, Food Safety

The Future of Food Safety: Regulations, Blockchain, and Market Compliance

Despite improvements in food safety technology, foodborne illness incidents have been making headlines seemingly every week. From customer voices to more proactive news media, high profile incidents have put food safety practices in the spotlight. Rightfully so, as foodborne illness can be deadly.

Written by Garret Weigel | October 26, 2018 | Food Safety

Enhancing Temperature Information for Food Safety Systems

The cold chain, or a temperature-controlled supply chain, provides the means for perishable products to make it to retail stores. Without the sophisticated network of interconnected logistics, the perishables section of the local grocery store would look vastly different. Many, if not most, cold chain failures are preventable and result from out-of-date supply chain technologies. Because of the importance of the...

Written by Garret Weigel | October 22, 2018 | Supply Chain, Food Safety

Why Frank Yiannas' Move to the FDA will Improve Food Safety

The FDA recently announced that Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, is retiring. Frank Yiannas, VP of Food Safety at Walmart, will take over his role starting in 2019. The FDA is also creating a new role for Yiannas, as Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. This role will include the work that Ostroff had previously been overseeing, but also includes a...

Written by Garret Weigel | October 19, 2018 | Food Safety

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