It’s a dreaded word that no food manufacturer wants to hear…RECALL. The cause of over 48 million illnesses annually, nearly 25-30 food contamination incidents occur globally each week. 1 According to a study conducted by Ohio State University’s Robert Scharff, food recalls cost an estimated $55.5 billion a year when factoring in medical expenses, productivity loss and mortality. 2But how does this translate from a company standpoint?
Food recalls can be the result of improper handling of products during any part of the supply chain process, whether it be the purchasing of raw materials, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of the finished product and the results can be catastrophic to both the manufacturer/supplier and the consumer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that nearly 48 million Americans are the victim of foodborne illnesses each year. 1 Food can become contaminated from a variety of means including environmental contamination (chemicals that are released into the air can enter food products), contamination during processing, the development of natural toxins on food crops due to climatic conditions, improper safety methods during transport, storage, packaging, and other levels of the supply chain process, and of course, adulteration (which is especially seen in stolen cargo situations). 2