The Threat to Food Safety is Real

Take the necessary steps to ensure food safety in your retail outlets.

By Pete Slight: Oct 25, 2018

Food safety is a growing concern that can have a major impact on your business. An estimated annual 300,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the U.S. alone are related to food-borne illnesses. The resulting cost to the U.S. economy is around $7 billion which comes from notifying consumers, removing food from shelves, and paying damages as a result of lawsuits. The cost on a company’s reputation can be lethal.

It seems that the risk is becoming more commonplace. An increase in the globalization food trade in recent years, along with a complex supply chain all contribute toward an increased number of micro-biological food safety outbreaks. Food companies also face increased competition and that can often lead to lax food safety measures which increase chances of a health event.

Improving food safety makes sense for many reasons. A food-borne illness or even the hint of one, can lead to loss of business. There is a tremendous expense in dealing with an outbreak including recalls, disposal and penalties. There are astronomical legal costs and the hit that your company’s reputation will take. So it makes perfect sense to execute best practices to reduce food contamination now.

Produce Trays

California Trays® are an FDA approved and patented ally in the fight for food safety. These trays have a unique, breathable weave pattern throughout the entirety of the tray. Why is this significant? In effective produce merchandising, the key to freshness is ventilation effective drainage. California Trays® allow air to pass through the tray walls and over the produce that it is holding. In refrigerated cases with misting systems California Trays® provide more efficient refrigeration and proper drainage, leaving no standing water to harbour bacteria. These amazing trays also reduce shrink. Ethylene gas causes produce to decay. California Trays® provide effective dispersion of ethylene gas to maintain freshness and increase shelf life

Recently, California Tray®s have become even more potent in combating the effects of bacteria, by teaming up with Steritouch®. SteriTouch® prevents bacterial, mold and fungal growth by using a silver based additive, that holds extensive approvals including those for food contact. (NASA uses silver on the International Space Station to help keep water fresh.)

Additives used have no potential health or environmental concerns such as Triclosan or nano-scale particles, and all active components have been notified for inclusion on the Biocidal Products Regulation and are European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved. SteriTouch® stops microbial, black mold, biofilm and fungal growth on California Trays®. Minimizes odours from microbial causes and is unaffected by bleach, alcohol cleaning products and disinfectants.

Take the necessary steps to ensure that your food safety standards are where they should be. Food safety is of utmost importance to your business and your customers. Make California Trays® a part of your team.