The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released information that indicates that organic foods caused 7 percent of recall events in 2014, versus only 1 percent in 2012 and 2013. Part of the reason for the increase is that more organic food items are being sold. Organic food sales totaled $3 billion in 2014, up 11 percent from 2013 and 25percent more than in 2012. The increase in sales of organic products correlates with the increase in organic food recalls.
Unfortunately, all of the organic food item recall events were caused by bacteriological agents such as salmonella and listeria and not the result of mislabeling issues. There have been no recalls to date for mislabeled organic items.
Companies can protect themselves from recalls by implementing a strong food safety program that incorporates food protection techniques and worker training combined with having the proper types of product liability and product recall insurance coverages.
Western Growers Insurance Services has a well-trained and experienced team of consultants who can assist members with selecting the right insurance products for their business in addition to providing direction on proper safety precautions. If you would like more information, please contact Greg Nelson in Western Growers Insurance Services at (949) 885-2287.