Food Recall and Crisis Counsel

The “ready-to-eat” versus “not-ready-to-eat” conundrum

For some time, I have predicted that a recall of bakery products for pathogen concerns was likely imminent. Recently, a series of notices have been published on FDA’s website announcing for the first time that frozen biscuit products produced over multiple months were being recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes concerns.  

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Food Product Recalls – 2017 in Review

Over the past few years, the numbers and types of food product recalls have increased dramatically. As we move into 2018, these trends are likely to continue.  By carefully studying the types and causes of food product recalls, however, we can identify food safety failures and develop strategies to avoid repeating past mistakes. 

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The Four C's of Recall Management

In recent years, the numbers of recalls being announced by the food industry have been increasing substantially. Much of the increase is driven by additional regulatory initiatives, which continue to intensify and expand.

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Nurturing Your Recall Decision Tree

Last year, there were over 500 recalls of USDA- and FDA-regulated products. Because the numbers of recalls will likely increase in the coming years, there is a good chance your company will soon be faced with a recall. 

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Deciphering the Real Nature of Voluntary Food Product Recalls

It is not uncommon to pick up a newspaper and see the word “food product recall” in an article, or to hear about a “food product recall” in the news. Although the reasons prompting such a recall can vary widely, in most cases the food products at issue are being recalled because of concerns with a foodborne pathogen or undeclared allergen.

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Beginning Your Crisis Management Planning Long Before a Crisis Occurs

If you work in the food industry and have not yet experienced a recall, it’s only a matter of time before it happens. When a company’s food products are associated with an emerging outbreak or recall, the way in which the company responds will ultimately define, in most instances, whether that company survives.

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Mediating Your Most Difficult Food Safety Claims and Disputes

Unless the parties involved in litigation are committed to resolving their dispute as quickly and efficiently as possible, litigation frequently drags on for years. Mediation can generally be completed in a single day, effectively saving what can amount to years of legal expenses and the risks of surprising verdicts. 

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