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Protecting America's Breadbasket: Why Safety Matters

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food-borne diseases each year nationwide. Illnesses like this are easily preventable. Proper use of preventive controls during food manufacturing and careful oversight can lead to fewer outbreaks and a healthier society.

Safety Experts at Your Fingertips

Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska are home to hundreds of animal and human food manufacturing companies.  These businesses are critical to the Heartland's economy and communities.  The success of these businesses, and the safety of their customers, have a correlation to their food manufacturing processes.  

The “Food Safety in the Heartland” partnership, which includes Missouri Enterprise, MAMTC and the Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is an initiative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network that includes Missouri Enterprise and MEP centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  This coalition has been brought together to help food manufacturers with food safety.  Food safety covers such a broad range of issues that it’s almost impossible for one person to be an expert in everything.  With the coalition’s combined resources, Missouri Enterprise is able to cover pretty much any issue that any food manufacturer in Missouri would have.

Press Release: Missouri joins Kansas and Nebraska to Launch Food Safety in the Heartland Initiative

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Relevance to Your Business

Don't End Up on a Recall List! Diligence in adopting preventative safety measures can impact your company on multiple levels.

  • Compliance with food safety regulations can result in the avoidance of fines. 
  • Beyond the social responsibility aspect of increasing preventative safety measures, manufacturers will benefit by elevating the standard of their product.
  • By safeguarding against potential outbreaks, manufacturers are protecting against the negative perception that accompanies them.
  • Lowering the risk of a product recall makes good business sense and helps maintain a company’s reputation with customers. 

USDA Food Recalls

FDA Food Safety Recalls

  • Springfield Smoked Fish Recalls Smoked Salmon Because Of Possible Health Risk
    Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield, Ma.is recalling its 1lb. packages Prescliced Nova Salmon because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  • Springfield Smoked Fish Expands their Recall of Smoked Salmon Because of Possible Health Risk
    Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield, MA is expanding their voluntary recall of smoked fish products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
  • Palmer Candy Company Announces Voluntary Recall of Sea Salt Caramel Hearts
    Palmer Candy Company (www.palmercandy.com), announced today a limited recall of Sea Salt Caramel Hearts that were only sold at Bomgaards Supply Inc. Store in the Midwest States. The voluntary recall, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to abundance of caution of a possible peanut allergen contamination. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
  • New American Food Products LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Packaged Goods Received From Our Supplier GKI Foods.
    New American Food Products, LLC of Methuen, MA is voluntarily recalling various packaged goods because they contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
  • Brightfarms Announces Voluntary Regional Recall of Produce Due to Potential Presence of Metal Pieces From Construction
    BrightFarms is initiating a voluntary recall of packaged produce sold in Giant Food stores due to the potential presence of metal as a result of construction at its Elkwood, Virginia (Culpeper County) greenhouse farm.

2011 Food Safety Modernization Act

Missouri Enterprise is working to help Missouri manufacturers become compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements and reduce manufacturers’ exposure to fines, potential liability risks and negative customer impacts.  FSMA, which became final in September 2015, requires food facilities to have a food safety plan in place that includes an analysis of hazards and risk-based preventive controls to minimize or prevent the identified hazards. Learn more about the FSMA through these videos:

Examples of Food Companies We've Helped

Contact Us

To learn how your company can take the steps necessary to achieve important food safety certifications, and how to develop and implement the management systems your company needs to effectively manage food safety now and into the future, contact your Area Business Manager. Also, sign up for our "Food Safety" newsletter topic and receive notices and information on upcoming events, news, and food safety tips.