Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alert Feed
Congress demands more
Lawmakers recently met in April to discuss the food safety crisis stemming from record recalls in 2018.
“The FSMA gave the FDA a one-year deadline to “publish a list of acceptable conspicuous locations and manners” for retailers. There were 7,420 food recalls in fiscal 2018, including 831 that were classified as the highest risk, according to the FDA. Food recalls also recently gained national attention after an E. coli outbreak last year linked to romaine lettuce, which sickened 43 people in 12 states.”
“Following the lettuce incident, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)sent a letter in December to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb asking about the timeline for completion of the “Grocery Store Notification” and “Consumer Notification” provisions of the FSMA.
“These proactive actions would help make consumers aware if they had purchased an unsafe product without obligating them to actively monitor government recall notification websites or be fortunate to have learned about the recall from news reports,” Gillibrand said in the letter.
“Recalls such as the one this summer for a popular children’s cereal could be more effective, and if parents were alerted that the unopened box of cereal in their pantry should not be eaten, they could take action to keep their kids safe,” she wrote. Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal were recalled over salmonella fears in June.”
Bloomberg Government reports April 2, 2019
Changing the Conversation
“Dear Leafy Greens Supplier…
On last September, Walmart sent a letter to every leafy green supplier that mandates integration into Walmart’s IBM Food Trust blockchain food safety network.
“At Walmart, we are committed to providing our customers with safe, affordable foods.. …
We understand that this may require you to work with your suppliers too. Therefore, we are allowing this requirement to be met in two phases.
1.Direct Suppliers – our direct suppliers are required to conform to one-step back traceability on the blockchain network by Jan 31, 2019.
2.End-to-End – thereafter, our suppliers are expected to work within their vertical systems or with their suppliers to enable end-to-end traceability back to farm by September 30, 2019.”
Although the FDA and CDC were able to inform consumers, producers, and retailers that the romaine lettuce associated with illnesses came from the Yuma growing region, in general, health officials and industry professionals were unable to quickly determine which lots were affected and which were not.”