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Product Recall – Global

Ian Harrison

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

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

Exclusive Analysis: Latin America

Ade Onitolo

Latin America is particularly busy with protest action that risks disrupting food supplies in specific locations. Here are just a few examples:  Bolivia Bolivia experiences frequent bouts of extremely disruptive racially and politically motivated unrest. Violent demonstrations and blockades occurred in December 2010 to overturn a fuel price increase decree, in February 2011 to protest against food shortages and transport

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

Ian Chuang on The Obesity Crisis in the U.S.

Harold Frick

Lockton medical director Ian Chuang, in his recent white paper, The Obesity Crisis and its Health Risk Management Options, revealed some startling statistics about obesity: nearly 74 percent of the adults in the U.S. 20 and older are either overweight or obese. And – people that are obese spend at least $2,800 more for medical care than “normal weight” people.

Regulations proposed for participation in the paper market for commodities will likely reduce investment demand

Rafael Gomes

Global – Regulations proposed for participation in the paper market for commodities will likely reduce investment demand. Peril: Regulatory Risk Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: Commodities Trading, Banks, Financial Services  Analysis: On 13 June 2011, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy demanded stricter regulation of commodities markets, especially trading in the paper market, citing that raw material and food inflation threatened

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

Argentina: A dispute between US-based Mosaic and port workers increases the risk of port disruptions in Santa Fe, affecting soy exports.

Rafael Gomes

Analysis: Port workers in the city of Rosario, Santa Fe, are likely to go on strike next week over a dispute with US fertiliser company Mosaic. The workers, who are part of the Argentinean Ports Union (SUPA), have prevented the loading and unloading of Mosaic’s shipments at Rosario’s San Martin port for a week, and are currently demanding the incorporation