mile” food delivery systems, many unanticipated changes and challenges are impacting food distribution sectors. One of the primary reasons cited by the FDA for
FSMA is the dynamic food distribution shift. Now this change has hit the preconsumer acceptance level. Anything can and probably will happen.
WC: There has been a proliferation of food and meal delivery services to meet the
growing consumer demand for convenience and fresher foods. Though these options are readily available and use common shipping carriers such as UPS, FedEx,
and U.S. mail, they do not assume responsibility for the handling of perishable
products; thus, there is a lack of care and attention to basic food safety principles,
such as time/temperature controls, accurate and complete labeling and product
information, cross-contamination, and appropriate packaging. A recent Rutgers and
Tennessee State University study examining such operations found serious deficien-cies within these operations.
AS: The more handling our food receives, the higher the risk of exposure to different hazards impacting its safety for human and animal consumption, including the
risk of tampering. Incidents of economic fraud, even if they do not impact food
safety, may likewise increase.
TK: There is a possibility that delivery by mail will create more food safety risks in
high-risk food categories. The focus of Amazon is freshness. “AmazonFresh guar-
antees every product will be delivered to your home well within the manufacturer’s
recommended use by, sell by, best by, or expiration date.”
FDA could not quantify how much it
It’s certain that the FSVP rule is
complicated in its final version. Should
records be accepted only in English, or
should importers be permitted to present records first in their native language
and only later provide the English versions? The final rule went with giving
importers more time to provide documents in English.
FSM: With more food being delivered by
UPS, mail, or FedEx, do you perceive any
threats to food safety?
DA: Yes, most certainly. Some companies operating in this space do not have
a good handle on time/temperature
control. There seems to be wide variation in how such firms manage the risk
JR: Time will tell on this one. With so
many companies jumping into “last
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