Food recalls cost billions each year

By Jenni Spinner

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In the US alone, food recalls cause $77 billion in total economic damage.
In the US alone, food recalls cause $77 billion in total economic damage.

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Food product recalls can be extremely costly—in more ways than one.

In the US alone, according to a New Jersey PIRG study, food recalls and foodborne illnesses bear an annual price tag of approximately $77 billion (including discarded product, revenue, healthcare costs, lost wages and litigation and other expenditures). The damage to a company’s reputation, while harder to measure, can be even more devastating.

Avoiding damage

On September 26, will present its free Food Safety and Testing 2013 web event designed to help food manufacturers avoid recalls—and, in the event of a recall, help effectively manage the process to keep damage to a minimum. Click here to register for this free program.

A key component of the online event is “When the going gets tough: preventing and managing recalls.” During this session, renowned food safety regulation expert Jeffrey T. Barach PhD of Barach Enterprises LLC will explain the ins and outs of the US’s Food Safety Modernization Act.

Next, David J. Dausey, MPhil, PhD, FACE (Dean of the School of Health Professions and Public Health at Mercyhurst University), will follow the FSMA rundown with comprehensive advice on how food firms can craft and execute effective recall plans, in order to minimize exposure and risk.

Crucial knowledge

The information presented at this event stands to enrich food professionals at every level of an organization. Personnel from food safety scientists, to quality assurance staff, to compliance managers, to high-ranking executives could learn more about effective food safety plans—and when it comes to preventing and managing recalls, everyone at a company plays an important part.

To learn more about FPD’s Food Safety and Testing 2013 free web event or to register, click here.

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