Packaging Training Crucial For Saving Time and Money, Reducing Waste

In an article By Lois Harris talks about the increase in numbers of food recalls due to packaging of issues. While most manufacturers are very careful about the prevention of pathogens, it’s the final step of packaging where mistakes happen, resulting in recalls that waste valuable time and money, and damage a company’s reputation. One major area of concern is mislabeling of allergens. Manufacturers large and small have had to deal with this kind of problem. In the two months between July 12, 2018 and September 12, 2018, almost 60% of the recalls recorded on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website were due to undeclared allergens (milk, wheat, egg, soy, almond, and peanut). “Each recall is hugely costly – between $3 million and $10 million – and damage to the brand name is on top of that,” says Dr. Ruth Eden, President of BioExpert, an online resource for the exchange of expert information on food safety. Eden cites the introduction of the U.S. Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), which went into effect in 2006, for the increase in these types of recalls. The law is aimed at ensuring clearer labeling for consumers with food allergies. “The first line of defense is having labeling people who understand the nuances of the product, its ingredients and the requirements of the legislation,” Eden says, adding that problems can also occur further down the line when labels look the same and staff grabs the wrong ones or up the line when suppliers don’t declare allergens in the ingredients. @
Packaging Training Crucial for Saving Time and Money, Reducing Waste - Global Food Safety Resource

Food packaging training can be a key aspect of ensuring high food safety levels are maintained at your operation so you can protect consumer health and prevent a food recall.

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