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.
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.
Willow Tree Poultry Farm, Inc., an Attleboro, Mass. establishment is recalling approximately 6,890 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
Cher-Make Sausage Company, a Manitowoc, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 429-lbs of fully-cooked meat sausage products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The product contains milk (cheese), which is not declared on the packaging label.
Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, a Richmond, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,202 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad product due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
Oberto Snacks Inc., a Kent, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 309 pounds of smoked sausage products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
Faribault Foods Inc., a Faribault, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,134 pounds of canned soup product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
Goodie Girl Tribeca LLC announced today it is voluntarily recalling 389 cases of a single date code of 7 oz. Goodie Girl Magical Animal Crackers, with a “best by” date of Jan 11, 21A3, after learning that the product may contain undeclared wheat ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sens
Pretty Thai of Austin, Texas, is recalling Pretty Thai Peanut Sauce that may have been mislabeled as Pretty Thai Sweet Chili Sauce. There is a risk that a person with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts could unintentionally consume a product containing peanuts
because of this error.
Fresco Foods Inc. of Tampa, FL is voluntarily recalling ALL units of ANCIENT GRAIN JACKFRUIT BOWL because it may contain an undeclared allergen, Fish (anchovies). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Fish (anchovies) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if the
Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of certain dog food products due to levels of Aflatoxin that are potentially above the acceptable limit. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant
This recall is being conducted because the outer carton indicates that the product is Chocolate Chip variety, while some of the individually-wrapped product contained in the carton may be Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip variety. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk
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
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.