Recent announcements that more than 21,000 pounds of frozen pizzas are being preemptively recalled for fears of listeria contamination proves no matter how large the business, food safety is still an issue. Marketside supreme frozen pizzas , sold regularly at some Walmart stores primarily in the Western United States, have been subject to a “Class I” recall, meaning that a health hazard exists and there is reasonable probability that use of the product can result in sickness – or even death. No illness has been reported, but the news itself demonstrates how big retailers can suffer from the food safety issues of their suppliers.
Listeriosis hits around 1600 Americans every year, with just over 250 illnesses resulting in death, a particular risk for pregnant women and older people. Walmart’s recall is one of several in the line of big producers, such as Sargento, which had to recall several cheeses due to potential contamination. This led Sargento to actually cut ties with a supplier. This is understandable, given the fact that the publicity spotlight goes on the retailer instead of the supplier.
It pays for retailers to take a closer look at their suppliers and for suppliers to investigate their food processing methods in order to ensure that food safety is a top priority. How can you tell? By checking to see if the equipment, particularly the mixers, is up to date. For example, a Komax in-line motionless static mixer creates not only a uniformly blended output, but the design assists in the sanitation process. Because Komax static mixers do not involve any moving parts, the elements can easily be removed for external cleaning or even for clean in place applications. Mixers are electropolished and made from 316 stainless steel and tubing. Powered by the proportioning pumps, food processors will also find a substantial decrease in energy usage as well. Highly predictable, cost efficient results and sanitary measures as well? Yes, please!