Food safety is increasingly becoming a global challenge. Recent foodborne illness outbreaks involving a wide range of food products have clearly shown that food pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli have breached their natural habitats.
The number of firms recalling product due to foreign material contamination has increased by 157% in the past six years. While metal fragments have been the leading cause, there have been several food product recalls related to plastic fragments.
According to an announcement published in the Federal Register, the Food and Drug Administration is reopening the comment period for the advance notice of the proposed rule on the Reportable Food Registry Provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The action is being taken to give interested parties more time to submit comments.
More common all the time, food recalls in the U.S. and Canada have a disconcerting frequency. In the past 12 months, there have been more than 600 recalls as foods enter the market with problems that have the potential to cause serious adverse health effects.