With all the sophisticated technology advances made in food manufacturing over the past two decades, I think it is odd that our industry seems to be suffering frequent and more devastating food recalls.
Food safety, sustainability, plant safety, outsourcing, trade secrets, lack of qualified workers. Sound familiar? If you work in the average North American food or beverage manufacturing plant, chances are you face these challenges each month and maybe even each day.
recent Food Marketing Institute (FMI) survey reports that consumers are
changing the way they shop not only because of recent foodborne outbreaks, but
also due to rising energy costs. Unfortunately for the food industry, the
survey also says the number of consumers completely or somewhat satisfied with
the safety of supermarket food declined from 82 percent last year to 66 percent
this year, the lowest point in almost two decades.
spinach, peanut butter and pet food are part of many Americans’ daily lives. As
ordinary as these products may seem, we have all seen in the past year how
extraordinary circumstances can suddenly put processors in a very unwanted