Retailers Aren’t Immune to Food Traceability Issues

A story published yesterday in Food Safety News and mentioned by our local NPR station demonstrated that food retailers aren’t immune to issues related to food safety and recalls.  Two shoppers in California are suing Safeway for not using its club member program to notify them about food recalls.

According to the article:

According to a CSPI news release, Dee Hensley-Maclean used her Safeway Club card to buy crackers and cookies that shortly afterward were caught up in the massive recall of products made with Peanut Corporation of American contaminated peanut butter. The Salmonella outbreak in 2008 and 2009, traced to PCA peanuts, resulted in nine deaths and 714 confirmed infections.
Jennifer Rosen, also using her Safeway Club card, bought eggs last summer that were implicated in the Salmonella outbreak that sickened 1,500 and led to the recall of more than 500 million eggs.
Both women say they learned about the recalls from other sources and that Safeway made no attempt to notify them about the potentially dangerous food.
Where do you think the responsibility lies?
Kevin Payne
Senior Director of Marketing
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