Food contamination caused by bacteria or chemicals gets most of the attention when it comes to news stories. In 2018, the main headline-grabbing contaminants were Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli—all three of which prompted recalls that included cheese products, salads, meats, and pet foods.
While recalls due to such bacterial contamination get a lot of attention, the fact is that the presence of foreign material in food continues to be a larger growing problem. It’s a significant enough problem that, on March 8 of this year, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a new guideline for the meat and poultry industry dealing with customer complaints in direct response to contamination from plastic, metal, and other foreign materials.
Those new guidelines require contamination incidents be reported to the FSIS within 24 hours.
The government agency says it renewed its emphasis on responding to complaints of foreign materials following dozens of complaints and recalls last year due to foreign contamination in chicken, sausage, and other meat products.| | | Next → | Single Page