Most people have heard about the EU horsemeat scandal in 2013, in which supermarkets in the UK were found to be selling beef products adulterated with horse meat. While this is perhaps the most high-profile example of food crime in recent years, its visibility also serves to overshadow many other disturbing, and more common, examples of food crime. For example, in July 2013, North Yorkshire Trading Standards sampled lamb curries from 10 takeaways and discovered that seven contained lamb and chicken, one contained lamb and beef, and only one contained just lamb as advertised. In December 2013, West Yorkshire Joint Services conducted tests on 873 food samples from restaurants and takeaways. 38% of these samples failed the test for food authenticity and showed that they were adulterated by unlisted ingredients and substitutes, including the use of cheese analogue instead of real cheese and chicken substituted for beef. In an earlier sample, they tested 16 lamb … Read more...
Food fraud is big business. Criminal organizations around the world earn millions of dollars annually by cutting high-quality food products with cheaper substitutes to increase profits. The practice is so ubiquitous throughout the food industry that food protection agencies refer to it as economically motivated adulteration (EMA) The consequences of this practice can include reputational damage to respected food brands, public health crises resulting from adulteration using hazardous elements designed to avoid standard integrity testing, and financial damage to legitimate producers who can’t compete with cheaper adulterated products.
According to a recent news story, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been conducting targeted surveillance on international producers of adulterated honey entering the Canadian market since 2018. By analyzing 240 samples of imported honey, CFIA determined that one-fifth of the samples advertised as pure honey are adulterated with corn syrup, rice syrup, and cane sugar syrup. As a result of the inspection, … Read more...
Every few years, an intentional adulteration of the food supply grabs headlines around the world. In 2008, Chinese dairy manufacturers added the chemical melamine, a plasticizing agent, to milk and infant formula to boost the detectable protein levels, resulting in the hospitalization of 54,000 children and six deaths. The 2013 EU horse meat scandal, in which horse meat was substituted for beef in products sold across the EU, severely damaged consumer confidence in traceability and testing standards for meat products. Perhaps even more disturbing is the possibility of intentional contamination of the food supply to cause harm, a possibility that has gained more attention in the age of global terrorism.
With the complexity of today’s international food supply chain, it is vital that the food industry move beyond food safety and quality approaches to incorporate food fraud—to protect against intentional contamination for economic gain—and food defence—to protect against intentional contamination to cause harm. … Read more...
Environmental sustainability, or the efforts made by everyone everywhere to safeguard the planet as well as responsibly use and replenish the finite resource we have in this world, has achieved the rightful status of being a strong business value and a boon to any company’s brand.
Many organizations now realize how a company operates as an environmentally and socially responsible provider of goods and services is – simply put – a good-for-business practice. Specific regulations in Canada, the United States and around the world guide corporations in terms of what they “must” do to achieve compliance. Business ethics, employees, customers and partners compel companies to go above and beyond these prescriptive rules.
Consumer demand for environmentally responsible products is continuing to push the sustainability agenda in terms of importance, transforming how companies relate to their supply chain partners. It’s not enough for a business to do everything it can to … Read more...
Organizations love to make design changes to their products on a regular basis. Any firm producing a product, be it the Tesla Model S or McDonald’s French fries, strives to introduce incremental improvements to add new features, reduce costs, comply with the latest regulations, and remain competitive. Sometimes these changes have an impact on suppliers.
- Tesla just released its Version 8 software that introduces over 200+ enhancements for the Model S Autopilot technology. Some of these changes will have an impact on Tesla’s suppliers due to integration between purchased components and Tesla’s design.
- In 2008, McDonald’s formally announced it changed its recipe for French Fries by changing to trans-fat-free oil to address general health concerns over cardiovascular disease. Imagine the impact of this change to the supplier providing the trans-fat oil from a capacity, inventory, and profit standpoint.
The impact that design changes have on suppliers is significant. Let’s take … Read more...
Have you ever stopped to think about how important your suppliers are to your business? Do you view suppliers as business partners and an extension of your business, or do you see them as a reactive service provider that exists to fulfill demand?
All too often we tend to treat supplier relationships as contractual agreements rather than mutually beneficial partnerships. This behavior grossly under-estimates the tremendous benefit suppliers can provide to your firm’s day-to-day operations. This “servant” paradigm is not the right way to go about conducting business with suppliers for a number of reasons. Instead, let’s talk about three key reasons why we need a fundamental shift in our thinking away from the supplier “servant” paradigm to suppliers being members of a critical department in your organization – a key business function that adds value for your customers on a daily basis.
Reason # 1: Start with Trust
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Sustainability conferences give attendees a valuable opportunity to learn about industry trends directly from the companies that are leading the way! It’s safe to say that attendees learned a lot last week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the 2016 NAEM Sustainability Management Conference. From benchmarking best practices, to real-world case studies, to suggestions on how to engage with suppliers on common goals, this year’s line-up of speakers didn’t disappoint!
For those of you who missed out, or those who attended but would like a refresher, we’ve compiled our key takeaways from three of the most interesting topics of conversation at the conference.
The Zero Waste Journey
While some safety professionals share a “zero injuries” goal, sustainability professionals are talking more and more about a journey towards “zero waste” or “zero landfill.” The ultimate goal is to imitate sustainable cycles in nature, so that all resources involved in the creation of … Read more...
Today having a modern and agile supply chain can mean the difference between staying afloat and sinking. Over 80% of businesses report experiencing at least one supply chain disruption in 2014. With constant and rapidly changing market conditions, organizations need to be lean and flexible in order to respond to disruptions quickly and effectively.
Organizations who adopt modern supply chain practices that are flexible, account for disruptions, and leverage new technology fair better in the long run. Let’s take a deeper look into how Technology, Continuous Improvement, and Resilience help supply chains remain relevant and sustainable.
Innovation is key to business improvement and supply chain management is no exception. To meet ever-changing consumer demands, organizations must continually optimize the productivity of their supply network due to global competition. Leveraging modern technologies can help simplify processes, reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction, and provide greater control over your supply chain.
IoT … Read more...
On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:
- China’s supply chain food safety concerns
- Infographic highlights germs and illness in office environments
- The CDC’s bird flu investigation, reporting failure
- Results are in for EHS Today’s 2014 National Safety Survey
Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.
Until next week, enjoy the program!
EHS This Week Resources
For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.
- How Clean Is Your Workspace? Infographic. View it here.
- EHS Today’s 2014 National Safety Survey. Read about the results here and here.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) August 15th Bird Flu Investigation. Read it here.
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Businesses are increasingly trying to cultivate sustainable supply chains, and many are realizing that making environmental considerations a cornerstone of supply chain management can actually boost overall profit margins. However, companies that want to link sustainability efforts and profitability sometimes encounter problems gaining visibility into the relationship between the two. But that’s about to get a whole lot easier, thanks to this insightful, free 30 minute webinar.
Key topics covered include:
- How to develop a sustainable supply chain program that merges environmental goals with financial profitability
- How to establish informed, relevant environmental key performance indicators (KPI) and build sustainability goals
- Leveraging environmental scorecards to rank supply chain processes and suppliers based on key metrics
Watch a preview below or click here to watch the full webinar.