Stay ahead of food recalls

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Food safety first and foremost

With consumer protection taking precedence, food recalls can be voluntary or mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Either way, they require rapid responses and a coordinated effort spanning different departments, manufacturers, distributors, and more. How do you move faster when it matters most? By implementing solutions that promote communication and transparency before the word “recall” even comes into play.

Top reasons for recall

Part of protecting your customers and company from the unthinkable is understanding where risks can originate. According to the FDA, the most common reasons for food recalls include:

1. Contamination with disease-causing microorganisms
2. Mislabeling or a failure to list major allergens
3. Presence of foreign objects (such as fragments of metal, plastic, and/or broken glass) 

Although not necessarily in this order. The most recent recall index report from Sedgwick, “undeclared allergens remained the leading cause of food recalls.”

Whatever the issue, be prepared

As you already know, the ideal time to implement new technology is not when faced with a recall. Preemptively upgrading your recall prevention strategy ahead of the time can offer peace of mind while helping your team realize the follow benefits.

Supply chain clarity

Sort fact from fiction quickly to communicate confidently, with authority and assurance.

Control the situation

Access real-time knowledge and insights to manage and correct any potential problems.

A constant state of readiness

Timely alerts can ensure you react appropriately—in time—to prevent recalls and disastrous overreactions.

“TraceGains helps pinpoint and understand the risks or hazards across our supply chain and manufacturing operations. We now have the visibilty and control to share that information so we can mitigate those risks and prevent foodborne illness and recalls moving forward.”

— Brian Perry, Vice President FSQA, TreeHouse Foods

The cost may be higher than you think

When the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) tried to put a number on it, their joint research estimated that recalls, on average, cost food & beverage brands $10 million dollars. And that’s just in direct costs, such as notifying regulatory bodies, retrieving affected products, storing and/or destroying items, etc.

After factoring in sales losses and brand damage, though, more than 50% of companies have self-reported costs in excess of that $10 million average according to a recent Consumer Brands Association survey. As costs continue to climb, recall prevention technology remains well worth the investment. 

Pillars of a strong recall risk reduction strategy

Document and data management

With supply chains becoming more complex, it’s more important than ever to ensure that the organization is running on complete and accurate documentation, from supplier docs to specifications.

Lot-level and material compliance

Manually comparing Certificates of Analysis (COAs) to specs it time-consuming and error prone. Automating that process saves time, reduces risk, and lets team focus.

Accurate labeling

Once again, allergen declarations were the top reason for FDA recalls in 2023. But with strong data and document controls, visibility at the facility level and accurate labeling tools, you don’t need to be part of this trend.

The best kind of recall is one that never needs to happen

Instead of searching for solutions that allow you to respond to recalls, choose the only one specifically designed to prevent them in the food & beverage supply chain.

Access real-time supply chain data that allows you to pinpoint item details at every stage, from supplier to manufacturing location and retailer.

Learn how TraceGains has helped hundreds of leading brands reduce risk while increasing throughput and operational efficiency.

See our proactive recall solutions in action.


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