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Product Recall – Global

Understanding Recall Issues A major recall in the food manufacturing and retailing sector was once a rare event guaranteed to make the news headlines. Not anymore. Hardly a week passes without some new eruption of salmonella, listeria, E. coli, or other noxious contaminants cropping up somewhere along the food production and distribution chain. When the source is far back along

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US-EU Organic Trade Agreement

Lori Hardaway

Good news for organic food producers!  Organic food trade between the United States and the European Union will be getting easier this summer.  The two countries have signed an agreement allowing products meeting the organic standards in one country to be sold in the other.  This mutually beneficial arrangement broadens the organic market without imposing further burdens on manufacturers creating

New Industry Standard Governs Safe Food From the Farm

Mark Kinzie

A new Technical Specification has been approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for detecting, managing, and controlling food safety hazards, beginning with the hygienic environment on the farm.  ISO/TS 22002-3:2011, Prerequisite Programs on Safe Food—Farming Part 3, provides specific requirements that guide the design, implementation and documentation of food safety programs on farms. This is the third in

EEOC Warns that Requiring a High School Diploma May Violate the ADA

Esther McDonald

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has stated that an employer’s requirement that job applicants hold a high-school diploma may violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. The EEOC made the statement in an informal discussion letter posted on the EEOC website last month. The EEOC said that the diploma requirement must be “job related for the position in question and consistent

Contract Risk: Restrictions on grain exports are not likely due to an abundant harvest, but major delays at seaports are to be expected.

Ade Onitolo

Official statistical data has recently been released and indicates that Russia will reap an abundant grain harvest in the 2011-2012 agricultural year. The preliminary estimate of the grain harvest stands at 93 million tons. This is in contrast with the previous year: On August 15, 2010, the Russian government imposed a comprehensive ban on all grain exports in response to

The 100% Solution to Worker Testing: Less-Than-Complete Employee Understanding Adds Up to Potentially Serious Food Safety Issues

Laura Dunn Nelson

Employee training has always posed challenges for food companies. Consider language, for example. English may be a second language for many employees, which raises the issue of worker comprehension. Do employees really understand the concepts and procedures being taught, particularly the importance of product safety? No less significant is the evaluation of worker competence based on understanding of the material

PREVENTIVE CONTROLS & RECORD KEEPING: COMPLYING WITH FSMA

Laura Dunn Nelson

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in January 2011, represents major changes in food safety oversight. It requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop science-based preventive controls throughout the food industry. This is a marked change from the FDA’s previous functions that were mostly reactive; e.g. to respond to incidents of

Venezuela- Food firms are likely to see profit margins squeezed because of price controls and inflation

Rafael Gomes

Perils: Regulatory Risks Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: Food Industry/All Sectors Analysis: On 3 May 2011, the Central Bank announced that annual inflation had reached 22.9% in the first quarter of 2011. Although Planning Minister Jorge Giordani portrayed this as a victory, stating that the government had planned to lower annual inflation to 20% by 2012, there are worrying signs that lead

Food exporters, especially from north-eastern Japan, are at high risk of having their export orders cancelled in the coming month.

Rafael Gomes

Peril: Contract Risk Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: All Sectors Analysis: In the past week, a number of countries have imposed screening of imports, primarily of food products, from Japan. These include China (including Hong Kong), Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand, while the European Union has recommended that member states start scanning imports as well. These measures come after reports

Russia is likely to lift its wheat export ban in July 2011 due to relatively better harvest expectations.

Rafael Gomes

Peril: Contract Risk Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: Agriculture/Wheat exports Analysis: A 12 February 2011 government decree, published on 16 February, states that the government is taking extra precautionary measures to cap diesel and gasoline prices sold to agricultural producers at 1 November 2010 prices, with a further 10% discount. Oil companies, rather than the state, will cover the shortfall