Uptick In Food Industry “Foreign Matter” Cases

By on May 18, 2017
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May 18, 2017

Metal objects, plastic, bits of rubber and “metal magnet material” are among the contaminants that have shown up in food that was then subject to recalls, per a listing compiled in a post from Arent Fox attorneys. It appears to be the continuation of a trend that began to show up last year. “While eliminating high-risk pathogenic threats such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria receive appropriate focus from food companies,” the attorneys write,  “these recent foreign matter recalls serve as reminders that physical hazards are equally important to address.” These foreign material recalls resonate strongly with consumers and generate an extraordinary amount of publicity, word-of-mouth and otherwise, and the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been paying a lot of attention to the issue. The combination of these various factors adds up to a clear message for companies: They should “review and update their HACCP [Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point] procedures related to foreign materials and also review their compliant handling procedures where appropriate.”

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