The rate of people with food allergies, particularly in western countries, has been increasing over the past decades. Undeclared allergens now account for nearly half of all U.S. recalls. So it’s vital for food companies to have robust allergen management programs to protect consumers and brand reputation.
A company’s allergen management program should be tailored to the specific products they produce, the allergens they handle, their processes and available resources. To optimize your allergen-management program, steer clear of these common pitfalls and follow these steps to success:
Steps to success
3. Facility and Production Lines
5. People and Traffic Flow
6. Label Management
No system is perfect and no allergen management program is ever done. It is important to capture and correct issues when they happen, implement preventive measures, and encourage and recognize input and suggestions for improvement. Whether you are starting or refining, seek to continuously improve programs, procedures and training based on new information, emerging best practices and internal learning. This mentality will help you ensure your products are safe and compliant.
Advised General Counsel and extended operations teams on food safety and regulatory program gaps. Created roadmap for closing immediate gaps and implementing risk-based programs for FSMA compliance.