Weekly News Scan – October 12, 2020

A Blog Series: The Digital Transformation of Food Safety

David Hatch, Chief Growth & Commercial Officer at Corivum released part one of his blog series The Digital Transformation of Food Safety. “This is relevant right now as we are seeing progress being made toward a digital future within food safety.  New initiatives such as the FDA’s Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety are pointing the way toward increasing expectations, rules and eventually mandates for a more digitized food safety function.”

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The State of Food Safety 2020: Making Sense of the Chaos

Food Safety Strategies reports on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the industry. They “have seen major producers temporarily shut down, entire segments put out of business, regional disruptions and politicians getting involved in the manufacture and distribution of meat and poultry.” While some may argue there has been a positive side to come from the pandemic, we can’t ignore or dismiss the harm it has also caused.

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Utilizing Food Safety Audits to Ensure Brand Integrity Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Food Safety Strategies discusses the importance of audits throughout the pandemic. “Audit specifiers have moved through the phases of “wait and see” to an “all or nothing” mentality that on-site audits were the only way to assess a supplier; they have finally moved on to remote or “virtual” audits.” Now more than ever, the “spotlight is on food manufacturers and food safety” because it has been found that “consumers staying close to home and more aware of the foods they eat and where they come from.”

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Salmonella Contamination Prompts Red Monkey Foods Recall of Products Containing Parsley

Food Safety News reports “Red Monkey Foods Inc. is recalling organic parsley as part of a recall initiated by High Quality Organics.” “A portion of the lot recalled by HQO was supplied to Red Monkey Foods, Inc and repacked into consumer containers for parsley and was also used to manufacture herbes de provence and sold in consumer containers.”

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