Executive Briefings

Why Aren't Suppliers More Concerned About Food Safety?

On average, $10m is the cost of a recall on a food company. Add this to the fact that recalls have been doubling every year from the 2002-2014 period in the United States, and it should worry any stakeholder in the manufacturing and processing facilities. Yet many of them are surprisingly optimistic about the chance of a recall affecting business, and it's their belief of invincibility that leaves them unprepared to weather a storm when one blows up. When manufacturers take a risk on their customers' health, they take a risk on their business’s health.

Why Aren't Suppliers More Concerned About Food Safety?

The silver lining to this is that progressive retailers are leading the march for suppliers and processors to get their HACCP documentation in compliance with international regulations. During this year's annual International Association of Food Protection Conference that took place in Portland, Ore., Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety at Walmart, made his position clear on the future of food safety: all roads lead to automation. Automation is the breakthrough solution to resolving the technological stalemate the food safety industry is currently finding itself in.

Food safety, ironically enough, can be at the bottom of the priorities list for a supplier.

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The silver lining to this is that progressive retailers are leading the march for suppliers and processors to get their HACCP documentation in compliance with international regulations. During this year's annual International Association of Food Protection Conference that took place in Portland, Ore., Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety at Walmart, made his position clear on the future of food safety: all roads lead to automation. Automation is the breakthrough solution to resolving the technological stalemate the food safety industry is currently finding itself in.

Food safety, ironically enough, can be at the bottom of the priorities list for a supplier.

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Why Aren't Suppliers More Concerned About Food Safety?