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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - US FDA Food Product Recall: A Changing Landscape

22 May 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, Covid-19 has dominated the headlines. Firms have concentrated on ensuring that they have remained alert to the threat posed by the pandemic virus sweeping the globe. Lost amid this frantic activity is guidance issued by the FDA relating to Product Recalls, Including Removals and Corrections. Released in March 2020, the Product Recalls, Including Removals and Corrections Guidance for Industry is intended to provide guidance and recommendations to FDA regulated industry. Points to note include what information firms should give to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and how they should notify their customers about product recalls. A copy of the latest guidance is available here.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Planning for a Return to a New Normal

13 May 2020

Covid-19 lockdown measures have been an essential tool in managing our response to the virus in this period of time when no vaccine is available. We are now mostly aware and familiar with the science, specifically the R-number which, in simple terms, must be kept below 1. At that level, an infected person can be expected to infect just one other person and the lower the number gets, below one, the faster the rate of infections will fall. Without a vaccine, the only way to get the R-number below 1 has been to impose social isolation and distancing and, in many cases, this strategy has proved to be effective and successful.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Crisis Preparation

06 May 2020

They say that hindsight is a wonderful thing. To be able to look back after an event has taken place and understand the importance and impact that it has had and to further understand measures which should have been put in place, inclusive of crisis preparedness, is an easy thing to do. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, archives have been reviewed for evidence of crisis preparedness and thoughtful consideration of what would be reasonable for an event taking place on the scale and magnitude of the pandemic. Three sources of information exist which make curious reading. Reviewing such evidence, it may be claimed that lessons could have been learned to better equip authorities to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Security Exchange Newsletter | April

01 May 2020

This edition of the InTouch Monthly continues to focus on the impact that coronavirus (Covid-19) is having in all of the regions. As of 13:25 on 1 May there have been 3,274,747 confirmed cases and 233,791 deaths across the world.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Crisis Management Briefings

27 April 2020

Head of Product Integrity, Eric Smith, speaks to Jay Tolley, a microbiologist specialising in food safety, to discuss the latest scientific guidance about Covid-19 and what actions food businesses should be taking in response to the outbreak.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Crisis Management Briefings

27 April 2020

Head of Product Integrity, Eric Smith, is joined by Ray Boggiano, a food technology specialist, to discuss third-party audits and certification, along with an explanation of the guidelines that accreditation bodies have issued in response to Covid-19.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Crisis Management Briefings

22 April 2020

In this edition Gareth Sephton, Head of Political Risk, speaks to Professor Karol Sikora, Medical Director at the Rutherford Cancer Centres and the former director of the World Health Organisation's cancer programme. Professor Sikora discusses the current state of the outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK, how the country could start easing social distancing restrictions and what impact the disease is having on cancer treatment and research.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Crisis Management Briefings

20 April 2020

In the latest Crisis Management Briefing series Eric Smith, Head of Product Integrity, speaks to Neil Thompson, Head of Crisis Management. Neil explains the crucial role that crisis management teams play when organisations are confronted with crises. He also discusses the importance of duty of care for staff deployed abroad when international travel restrictions are relaxed and how repatriations have become increasingly complex due to the global outbreak of Covid-19.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Discrimination

20 April 2020

Shortly after the outbreak of coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019, reports of discrimination, xenophobia and violence started emerging. The World Health Organization (WHO) officially named the new virus as Covid-19 in February 2020 in an attempt to avoid stigma around the disease being associated with its country of origin. However, incidents of Sinophobia had already been recorded in several parts of the world over fears that Chinese nationals were spreading the virus. The discrimination was based on stereotypes and rumours over how the virus crossed from animals to humans. Footage of different species of exotic animals being killed and traded at the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan further exacerbated the idea that China was to blame for the new global pandemic.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Crisis Management Briefings

16 April 2020

As part of the Crisis Management Briefing series, Eric Smith, Head of Product Integrity, has been speaking to members of our global consultancy panel to discuss the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19). Today we bring you two discussions focusing on the outbreak in Asia, with Michael Haughey, Head of Asia Pacific, speaking from Singapore about how the region is using the lessons learned during the SARS outbreak in 2003 to manage the current crisis. We also have Dr Souvik Banerjee, an expert in food safety, to talk about how India is dealing with the virus, including how the lockdown is impacting on food production and supply.

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Security Exchange Briefings #5

14 April 2020

Head of Product Integrity, Eric Smith, is joined by Grant Cropper, Crisis Management & Product Recall Consultant, to discuss the challenges facing the food production industry due to the global outbreak of Covid-19.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Lockdown Review

14 April 2020

Monday 13th April marked the end of the first three weeks of lockdown in the UK. Introduced to reduce the catastrophic effects of Covid-19, the lockdown has tested the resilience and resolve of structured society. With many of the successful strategies employed by key organisations to carry on regardless, in terms of producing essential products and ensuring the provision of key services, one must applaud actions taken. However, one cannot ignore a raft of new, unexpected and unanticipated risks which could threaten their operational viability.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Food Safety

13 April 2020

In the latest discussion forum held between the Security Exchange Specialists, they revisit firm facts associated with what is currently known about food and the transmission routes of Covid-19. Claims about washing food with soap and water, using sodium hypochlorite to decontaminate food and drinking copious amounts of alcohol to stave off Covid-19 have left our specialists slightly concerned. I am sure as you and I walk through the supermarket aisles, maintaining the necessary two metres social distance from other shoppers, our minds wander to our evening meal or ordering that takeout treat. A second thought may also enter our minds - amid the Covid-19 pandemic, up pops the question “Can you catch Coronavirus from food?”

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Business Continuity Update - Information Overload

13 April 2020

With news channels reporting continual updates, unlimited access to advice, academic knowledge, expert opinion and social media awash with postings, efforts to keep up with the latest Covid-19 updates can prove tiring, even for organisations. As mentioned in a previous posting, as more and more information becomes available, it can be a challenge to decide which sources of information to take on board in order to make informed and risk-based decisions. Often, too much information can form a mass of ‘white noise’ with key facts lost in transmission. Perhaps the key is not to ignore all forms of communication, but rather to employ a strategy of searching out reliable sources of information through filtering essential facts, which then become part of overall decision making.

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Security Exchange Briefings #4

08 April 2020

Head of Product Integrity, Eric Smith, is joined by Grant Cropper, Crisis Management & Product Recall Consultant, to discuss the challenges facing the food production industry due to the global outbreak of Covid-19.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Business Continuity Update - Crisis Management Meetings

08 April 2020

Whilst adapting to ongoing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions placed on organisations, it is important that regular communication is maintained by members of a crisis management team. Holding meetings remotely present obvious challenges. Security Exchange specialists Grant Cropper and Eric Smith highlight a number of considerations which should be taken into account to ensure that regular sharing of information remains consistent, up to date and secure.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Business Continuity Update - Maintaining Sanitation Standards

06 April 2020

As food businesses of all types continue to supply safe food during the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to ensure that sanitation standards within food businesses are of the highest order. This is a sentiment echoed by food enforcement agencies across the globe. In the UK, the Food Standards Agency in conjunction with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance to assist food businesses in responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Critically, the new guidance has been developed to cover a range of areas including good hygiene practice, management of employee sickness and social distancing for specific food business settings.

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Security Exchange Briefings #3

02 April 2020

Head of Product Integrity, Eric Smith, is joined by Grant Cropper, Crisis Management & Product Recall Consultant, to discuss the challenges facing the food production industry due to the global outbreak of Covid-19.

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