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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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Brazil Likely to Increase Barriers to Chinese

Ade Onitolo

On March 8, 2012, the Brazilian Ambassador to China, Clodoaldo Hugueney, declared that Brazil will intensify its protectionist measures on Chinese imports, which totalled $3 billion in January 2012. Brazil’s main protectionist instrument is anti-dumping safeguards that the government implements, rather than first going to the WTO. From the 90 antidumping cases currently in place, 31 are on Chinese goods.

Risks to Road Cargo in Brazil

Ade Onitolo

The main threat to cargo is highway robbery. According to NTC & Logística, the national association of cargo transport and logistics, there were 13,500 reported cases of cargo robbery in 2010 which resulted in losses of about $622 million. Just over 61% of all cargo in Brazil, much of it destined for export, is transported by road. The association itself

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.

Planning for Social Media Usage When an Accident Occurs

Jim Hughes

It is early in the morning on a weekend, and your mobile phone rings. You answer the phone and learn that a serious injury has just occurred at one of your remote facilities. As you slowly regain some control over your shock and emotions, you pick up a copy of the crisis response plan you keep on your nightstand and

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

A lack of effective policing leaves increasing risks of theft and extortion to cargo and grain warehouses by drug cartels unopposed

Rafael Gomes

Perils: Terrorism Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: Cargo, Agriculture Analysis: On 22 March 2011, the Mexican warehouse association Aagede reported that organised criminals had started to targeted warehouses containing corn and vegetables in Mexico’s northern Sinaloa state. Their statement follows a 15 March robbery of 250 tonnes of corn from a warehouse owned by Graneros Unidos Jova in the industrial