Purchasing ingredients from suppliers does not ensure sources are equally stringent about allergen management. To reduce this liability, food manufacturers are requiring suppliers to have a unique allergen map and lettered documentation declaring that the items being purchased are free from contact with food allergens. The FDA food label law currently recognizes the top eight (Big 8) food allergens as:
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is making significant changes in the industry, with allergen controls and revised good manufacturing practices (GMPs) being among these sweeping changes. These elements were once best practices or suggestions, but now, GMPs in place for allergen control is required under FSMA.
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During the packaging stage of the food production cycle, there are several factors that, if not handled appropriately, could lead to undeclared allergens in the marketplace. What areas should you look out for? What are some best practices to ensure safe and successful entry into the marketplace - with all allergens declared and accounted for?
Another critical point in the food production process that, if not handled properly, could lead to undeclared allergens in the marketplace is at receiving. The receiving component is critical to ensure that accurate labels are coming into the warehouse. What makes it so critical? What is a best practice that receiving personnel can employ to minimize risk?
Undeclared allergens can wreak havoc on a food manufacturer's reputation. Not only can these undeclared allergens pose a life-threatening risk to the public, but the resulting Class I recall can tarnish the food maker's reputation - temporarily or permanently depending on the severity and frequency. One potential point of failure that could lead to undeclared allergens making it to the marketplace happens in purchasing.
Undeclared allergens were responsible for the greatest number of recalls in the United States in 2013, causing significant consumer health issues, scrap costs, and sourcing conundrums. What leads to undeclared allergens?
It seems that every year is marked with new diets that are sure to cure the American ails of weight loss, and 2013 was no different. In 2013, we saw the undeniable shift toward gluten-free living with the release of “Wheat Belly” and the rise of Paleo diets. It’s difficult to watch TV anymore without seeing a diet commercial of some sort, whether it be Jennifer Hudson or Jessica Simpson promoting Weight Watchers™, or Marie Osmond with NutriSystem®. Social sharing platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are making it even easier for consumers to access, consume, and share diet and fitness information like Paleo and gluten-free tips, green smoothie recipes, detox elixirs, and more, with just the click of a button.