Déjà Vu All Over Again
Call it serendipity, but once again the news media is dealing
with another recall, this time focusing on more than 200 types of
ready-to-eat meat products supplied to stores, restaurants and cafeterias by Maple Leaf Foods. As these products were recalled because of concerns related to an outbreak of listeriosis, it is critical
that we take another look at the recall and crisis management
process, both domestically and worldwide.
We've focused this
issue on the meat, poultry and seafood category
of foods; we've also
delved more deeply into
product recall and crisis
information that is desperately
needed in our global
food network. From verifying the supply chain to
assessing and preventing
contamination and system failure, managing
The editor hams it up with a bacteriophage food safety touches
at IAFP. everyone within this industry, whether farmer, manufacturer, distributor, retailer or regulator. The entire food industry must be accountable for how each
individual part of the process directly affects others along the farm-to-fork continuum; there must also be recognition of how all parts
interact within individual company supply chains as well. Also of
paramount importance is how to track and trace back problems
after they arise. We saw from the difficulties encountered in the recent tomato/pepper Salmonella outbreak that better methods and
procedures, perhaps even better regulations, are needed to be implemented to overcome the challenges in rapidly tracing back certain food items given the complexities of the supply chain. As the
global food market continues to grow, the ability to trust the reliability of all parts of the supply chain will be the most cost-effective
way to ensure both quality and safety of the food products for the
We hope that by disseminating this information, we can look
forward to reducing the number of food recall-related events in the
months and years ahead.
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