Allergens have become an increasing recall concern for the F&B industry.
Earlier this year sesame became the ninth major allergy in the US with the passing of the FASTER Act, with new labelling to be in place at the start of 2023. The move has been long campaigned for in the US, and it follows similar stances on the allergen in the UK, Canada, EU & Australia and New Zealand.
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A protein bar company discovered the protein powder it had sourced from an external supplier was found to have traces of peanut due to a co-manufacturing error.
A food product is only as good as its worst supplied ingredient. Food & beverage manufacturers trust their suppliers to provide appropriate quality ingredients and ensure the safety of the products. As the manufacturer, you bear the financial and reputational risk associated with incorporating third party’s contaminated ingredients into your product. CFC’s ‘supplied contaminated ingredients’ trigger addresses this exposure.
Regulators are increasingly quick to respond to potential allergen events. Regulatory intervention can occur at any time and their involvement is unavoidable. Regulators often have a ‘recall first, ask questions later’ approach which can mean that you may be forced to withdraw your product even where there is nothing wrong with it, so it is important to have insurance coverage for any recalls they recommend or enforce. CFC’s government actions trigger is designed to respond to events where you may be forced to withdraw your product even where there is nothing wrong with it.
Recall events can garner negative attention in the press or on social media, particularly where allergens are concerned. CFC’s brand rehabilitation will address the costs associated with advertising and promotional activity to repair the brand in the immediate aftermath of a product recall event, to help restore the sales levels that the manufacturer had prior to the product recall event.
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