During the first quarter of 2019, automotive and consumer products saw an increase in recalls, while the food and beverage industry saw the number of recalls fall. The shopping experience has changed with most people just grabbing food from the shelves without checking cell by date and any product recalls. We literally grab our Supermarket trolley that the shops have probably got in bulk from sites such as https://www.she-ltd.co.uk/products/shopping-trolleys/ and whip round as quick as possible gettting more treats then are needed, especially if the store has a bakery making you feel hungry as soon as you come in.
The Stericycle Recall Index was released, showing that recalls in food and beverage had decreased in the first quarter of 2019, compared to the last quarter of 2018.
Consumer safety is paramount and regulators continue to be vigilant, to ensure standards are met. Vice President of Stericycle, Kevin Pollack said this was encouraging news but stated that even though this was a top priority for most companies, and even with the very best of intentions, it is still possible for mistakes to happen. The first quarter of the year has shown that even dedicated companies with great safety records still needed to recall units for a variety of reasons. They are therefore best advised to assume that it is not a question of if a recall happens, but when.
Almost half of FDA’s recalled food units in the first quarter of 2019 were due to foreign material contamination. This included plastic, metal and glass. The leading cause for withdrawing food from shelves was undeclared allergens. Researchers have discovered that it is the same categories of food – fruits, vegetables, baked goods and prepared foods that continue to be recalled the most.
Employing good hygiene practice in food preparation units is key in reducing food and beverage recalls. Replacing used food machinery regularly is an important practice.
The highest recalled USDA product in this year’s first quarter was beef, accounting for almost 68 percent of total pounds recalled. The second most recalled item was chicken at 29 percent, followed by pork. Keep up to date with the Foods Standard Agency, for a list of all recalled foods and outlets. With food poisoning being a real danger to the nation’s health, it is essential that food standards are maintained to an exceptionally high level. If recalls are necessary then it is imperative that they are quick and well-advertised, to prevent serious health risks to the population. Food production plants must keep high standards, excellent hygiene practices and must educate and train staff comprehensively, in order to minimise potential hazards.