Recalls of food products appear to be happening frequently in modern times, impacting consumers in West Virginia and other states. For instance, companies such as Kraft, General Mills and Kellogg’s have recalled products due to undeclared allergens or E. coli during the past few months. If people are harmed due to consuming dangerous products, it is within their rights to take legal action.
Today’s food industry is attempting to encourage the improved management of recalls via regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act. In essence, the industry generally is taking less of a reactive approach to safety and quality issues within its supply chains and is, instead, taking on a preventative action plan. The use of software is becoming more important than ever before in both preparing and reacting to recall situations.
When companies face recall situations, time is critical. How much time it takes for a company’s recall team to pinpoint the cause of a problem and get rid of it from its supply chain may be the difference between major brand implications and sick consumers. Thanks to technology, it has become easier to identify a recall’s cause, and with that, the Food and Drug Administration is expected not to tolerate the subpar handling of quality or contamination issues any longer.
In the coming months, there may be more mandatory recalls and scrutiny from auditors when it comes to the safety of products. However, sometimes people in West Virginia and other states end up being affected by dangerous products before officials have a chance to recall these products. In these situations, and with experienced legal guidance, the consumers who are hurt may choose to seek the reimbursement of monetary damages sustained as a result of the use of the hazardous products.
Source: foodsafetytech.com, “The Clock is Ticking: Technology to Effectively Manage Recalls“, Oct. 18, 2016