Food Industry Counsel LLC is proud to unveil its new FIC RECALL REPORTER. For the first time ever, the food industry will have access to a searchable real-time Excel database of food product recalls from January 2018 forward. Search for, among other things, the types of food products being recalled, the names of the recalling companies, the reasons why the recalls were announced, how the problems were discovered, and the amounts of product involved.
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.
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.
It seemed as if almost no food company was immune from the fallout when, on May 2, 2016, CRF announced the expansion of its frozen vegetable recall to include all CRF products produced over the preceding two years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When a foodborne illness outbreak occurs and food products are recalled, legal claims normally result. These claims can involve commercial claims being asserted by customers or personal injury claims being threatened by consumers.
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.
In the food industry, there are a broad range of food safety and quality issues that can affect our products. Our firm regularly works with clients to resolve customer complaints and claims.
We have defended and prosecuted food safety and quality claims on behalf of the food industry for over 15 years. There can be no mistake that, when dealing with the production of food, things sometimes can and do go wrong.