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Urgent Need for Better Inspection

We worried about the randomness and frequency of inspection during the pandemic.  Now, the outcry over the tragic infant formula case highlights other major concerns. According to  Faber, Environmental Working Group, “…we’re not inspecting enough food manufacturing facilities, and not making good enough use of the inspection resources we have.”

See Arjun Shanker and Isha Patel in the Spring 2022 Edition of our FOCUS Newsletter

http://globalfoodsafetyforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/FOCUS-Spring-2022-Food-Safety-in-India-and-US.pdf FOCUS Spring 2022 Food Safety in India and US

See Isha Patel Article in FOCUS Newsletter

  See Isha Patel article in FOCUS, this month:  “The goal of the FDA’s New Era of Food Safety Plan is to have end-to-end traceability throughout the food system.” Global supply chain threats likely to jeopardize FDA’s goal.

See Arjun Shanker in FOCUS Newsletter

See Arjun Shanker article this month in FOCUS newsletter:  Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) – has ushered in several changes to the food safety approach of the country (including a comprehensive approach to tightening regulations).  Good sign of greater acceptance of FSSAI efforts to raise food safety standards in India.

Food Safety Developments in the US, 2020-22

The year 2022 marks two years since the start of the Corona-Virus Pandemic. Multiple lockdowns have affected various industries, including the agriculture and food safety industry. At the start of the year, the FDA and USDA adopted new changes in an effort to create a “new era of food safety” plan to tackle supply chain …

Food Safety Developments in India, 2020-22

As the world continues to grapple with the pandemic, countries are taking greater cognizance of their food safety processes. As a key agrarian nation, India too has taken proactive measures in tackling its health-borne risks, with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) playing a key role. Using recyclable plastics for packaging, promoting …

Women’s Roles in Life’s Substance

Women are responsible for over 50% of global food production and, deservedly, don’t want to only be identified on International Women’s Day as kitchen stalwarts.  But there’s no shame in applauding their central role In food safety, climate change consciousness, and the global food supply chain.  Every day is women’s day when it comes to …

Foodborne Illness Continues During Pandemic

Bill Marler, a prominent foodborne illness litigator, commemorates listeria outbreak: https://www.marlerblog.com/legal-cases/the-worlds-largest-and-deadliest-listeria-outbreak-is-turning-4-in-march/   Sadly, outbreaks continue unabated and likely to increase so long as pandemics interrupt surveillance and securing a food safe supply chain.    

We Need a New Food Safety Tracking and Trade Paradigm

COVID has caused disruptions in food supply chains. Is that all?  What about inventory management systems–FIFIO, Just-In-Time?  What about surveillance and inspection?   It’s time for a new food safety tracking and trade paradigm.