Product Recalls Due to Contamination

January 4th, 2014 General

In the food industry, dust can cause major issues if it comes in contact with the product. Typically, these contaminations are accidental, and can impact a company’s bottom line greatly. The worst outcome of a product contamination is when consumer’s come in contact with a contaminated product and get sick. This calls for a recall of the product, as well as the loss of the consumer’s trust. Below are a few case studies of when companies had to recall their products due to dust contamination.

Garden Fresh Foods, a company based in Milwaukee, WI, recalled over 19,000 pounds of ready-to-eat meat products in September of 2013. The product was contaminated with Listeria, a bacteria found in dust, soil, water, and sewage that is known to multiply in refrigerated food. Products were recalled due to the damage Listeria bacteria could have caused, primarily t pregnant women, children, elderly adults, or those with weakened immune systems.

Similarly, Taylor Farms recalled their packaged broccoli and slaw products in October of 2013. The company recalled the products in fear that they were contaminated with the Listeria bacteria strain. The broccoli and slaw products were recalled after being shipped to various supermarkets, and customer’s were urged to return the food that was purchased.

Another recall occurred in November of 2013 in Cashmere, Washington. Crunch-Pak, a producer of prepackaged apple slices, recalled their product after randomly sampling a batch, which came back positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Crunch-Pak released a statement that promised consumers food safety was their top priority, and that they would evaluate the safety methods used in their food production.

Product recalls can affect a business negatively in a number of ways. Protect your product with help from the experts at TuffWrap. Their dust containment systems can help prevent future product contamination.

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