2 More Lessons from 2016’s Biggest Recalls (Part 2)

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Last week, we took a look at some recalls last year that were massive in scale, both in quantity of product recalled and geographic area. This week, we take a closer look at some of the more complicated recalls of the year: those that involve ingredients that were then used in other products. What can the industry learn about complex supply chain management?

Allergens Can Come From Anywhere

Lessons from Grain Craft

Flour is certainly one of the most basic ingredients in food production. Grain Craft, which does not sell directly to consumers but rather sells in bulk to other food companies, issued a recall after the popular Hostess brand investigated their products following reported allergic reactions from two child consumers. Testing revealed peanut residue, leading Hostess to recall 710 000 cases of snack cakes and doughnuts. Through Grain Craft does not produce peanut products, they traced the contamination to a facility in South Georgia, near where peanuts are grown.

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