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Category: Food and Beverage Industry

Apr
11

Could e-coli outbreak deter lettuce ‘Romainers’ in the States?

By Kate Bell, Recall Consultant

When news of an e-coli outbreak among romaine lettuce first emerged in the United States in October last year, it might have seemed like a relatively routine and easy to contain situation. However, the number of people becoming infected with the bacterium soon soared – not long after a second outbreak was identified. It became something of a national scandal. All in, 62 people across 16 states became sick as a result of the infection, of which 25 were taken into hospital.

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Apr
04

Snake oil and health supplements

By Kate Bell, Recall Consultant

Picture an old Western movie or TV series and as sure as there’s shootin’, there will inevitably be the image of that old trickster at the wagon, selling lotions, potions and elixirs that will solve almost any health problem. Baldness? There’s an ointment for that. A touch of fear every time you step over the threshold at a new saloon and everyone turns to look at you? Just take two of Bob’s Strength Pills to give you the confidence to hold your own.

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Mar
27

Learning lessons from Mad Cow Disease

By Kate Bell, Recall Consultant

The image of agriculture minister John Gummer feeding his daughter a burger at the height of Mad Cow Disease outbreak in 1990 is one that will be engrained in the memory of anyone who witnessed it. Of course, for those who remember it, the stunt in front of the world’s media didn’t quite go to plan. His four year old daughter, Cordelia, turned away after the slightest of nibbles before her dad tucked into a big bite.

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Mar
08

Appetite for UK’s food and drink continues to grow

By Mark Buckingham, Recall Consultant

Chocolate, beef, salmon, cheese, wine, whisky, beer and gin… No, they’re not simply items from your favourite menu. In fact, they’re the top food and drink products exported by the UK. And demand is on the rise. According to the Food & Drink Federation, there was an almost two per cent increase in UK food and drink exports between January and September 2018 and the corresponding period in 2017. The total number now sits at £16.4bn, with exports of branded goods sitting at £4.3bn.

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Mar
01

Food for thought in final three months of 2018

By Kate Bell, Recall Consultant

Recalls can affect any sector at any time – but for consumers, the one which causes most alarm is food. And with little wonder. After all, we cannot live without food so the thought that the produce sitting within our fridges or on our plates could cause us harm is terrifying. And while certain food recalls can dominate the headlines – the Tesco horsemeat scandal being the prime example – the truth is that most actually fly under the radar. That’s where the Stericycle Recall Index comes in.

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