According to the most recent quarterly report released by Stericycle ExpertRECALL Index, food recalls increased over 50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 and almost 55 percent over the same quarter in 2010. Half of the fourth quarter recalls were Class I, and another 40 percent were Class II. Allergen concerns remained the primary cause of the food recalls, making up over 100 recalls announced by FDA, while the second leading cause was potential Listeria contamination. Potential Salmonella contamination was the third leading factor in initiating recalls, representing 18 recalls. In contrast, medical device recalls decreased by more than 60 percent and pharmaceutical recalls declined by 35 percent in the same quarter.
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These statistics are consistent with a recent analysis of Reportable Food Registry reports, which showed undeclared allergens as one of the top reasons for such reports. They underscore the importance of supply chain management for allergens, ensuring your labeling is compliant, and instituting CGMPs to avoid allergen contamination on shared product lines or in shared facilities. Our food industry specialists regularly assist in reviewing and advising on food safety programs, labeling, and supply chain risk management. Please contact Sarah Brew for more information.