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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

When Illness is the only proof required:

Tuna Loins Salmonella Outbreak: September 27, 2017, 30 cases had been reported across seven states.
Marler Clark Files First Lawsuit in Tuna LoinsSalmonella Outbreak - Food Poison Journal

If facing a food-borne illness lawsuit, never present your third party compliance report or audit certificate to the prosecuting lawyer in an attempt to defend your position. It will be torn to shreds. The notion that due diligence is demonstrated through third party auditing is retaining its fickle validity only in tenuous business relationships. Due diligence attributed to third party audits is a widespread myth that will be recognized as such. If not already, it will.

Can the flames get too close to home pretty quickly for any food business? 

A statement posted on the website, under the heading “Food Poisoning Law”, states that in a number of U.S States:

“. . . you do not need to prove that the manufacturer or supplier of a contaminated food product was not sufficiently careful in making or distributing that product—which is to your advantage. You just have to show that the food product you ate was contaminated and that the contamination was the cause of your illness.

There is no reason to believe that this is not the case given so many examples in the news:

What should you and your company actually be doing? On what should you be placing your trust? Who is actually going to keep your company from the kind of fate that has become of so many known examples

As demonstrated in the news, for a food business to merely comply but neglect the actual fortification of its food operations is risky. I invite you to investigate the SSQA Concept before your food business digs itself into a fake compliance hole that has trapped and punished so many other businesses.

Posted By Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is the current Food Sector Chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection

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