Springtime is typically a welcomed change of pace from heavy coats and clothing by day and layers of blankets at night. With a return to the outdoors and anticipation of bikini season up ahead, many take the opportunity to pay closer attention to their health and diet.
Nuts, cranberries, spinach and bran muffins could easily be a part of any health conscious eating plan. But unfortunately, not even healthy foods can escape the dangers of unwanted substances entering the supply chain and possibly contaminating food which could cause illness.
In the month of March, quite a number of distributors found themselves announcing recalls on healthful foods. Here’s a small sampling of these recalls and how it could affect you on a personal or business level.
PRODUCT #1 – Spinach
Simply Balanced Brand Frozen Organic Chopped Spinach and Twin City Foods brands.
AZ, CA, DE, ME, MI, OH, PA, VA, WA, WI and Target retail stores nationwide.
Superior Foods Inc. of Watsonville, CA distributes Simply Balanced Organic Chopped Spinach to Target stores nationwide. They recently recalled certain production lots because one of their suppliers reported the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Read more here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm439761.htm.
Twin City Foods Inc. of Stanwood, WA faced the exact same concerns across a handful of their brands, including Frozen Cadia Organic Cut Spinach, Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach, Wild Harvest Organic Cut Leaf Spinach and Wegmans Organic Just Picked Spinach. Products were delivered in over half a dozen states. Learn more here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm439755.htm.
PRODUCT #2 – Nuts and Mixed Nuts Products
Nature’s Place Roasted Unsalted mixed Nuts, Nature’s Place Cranberry Mix and Ernest Klein Brand Products.
MA, ME, NH, NY, VT
Hannaford Supermarkets of Scarborough, ME learned from its’ supplier, Aurora Products, that the walnuts present in the mixes had tested positive for Salmonella. Learn more here – http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm440721.htm.
Aurora Products also supplies another private label brand, Ernest Klein Brand who was forced to recall batches of its Walnuts, Raisin Nut Party Mix, Roasted No Salt Mixed Nuts and Roasted Salt Mixed Nuts. Details are provided here – http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm440716.htm.
PRODUCT #3 – Bran Muffins
AR, LA, OK, and TX.
Austin, T X based Whole Foods Market recalled Bran Muffin six packs which were sold in the southwest region due to undeclared egg and milk ingredients. More details are available at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm440729.htm.
FOOD & DRUG PROCESSING INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS
In the food and drug processing industry, ineffective traceability of every single ingredient and components could spell death to a company, should a recall hit. It’s critical that manufacturers, distributors and suppliers have impeccable data, plus quick and usable access to it.
One of the best ways to maintain stellar records across your operation is having the right software system in place for effective management. Here’s an example of how one food processing company uses their Sage ERP X3 to ensure quality in all levels of their production.
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