Food safety is a growing concern that can have a major impact on your business. It is estimated that 1 in 8 people will get sick form contaminated food. A single event of a food borne disease outbreak can bring unimaginable economic losses. An estimated annual 300,000 hospitalizations and 5000 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.

An increase in the globalized food trade in recent years, along with a complex supply chain all contribute toward an increased number of microbiological 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 various reasons:

  • Loss of business
  • Expenses on recalls, disposal, and penalties
  • Legal costs due to food borne outbreaks
  • Legal costs due to food borne outbreaks
  • Reputation of the company
  • Consumer’s confidence and loyalty