Food Marketing Institute comments on FDA guidance for the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Vice President, Food Safety Programs, Hilary Thesmar PhD, RD, offered the following statement on today’s (August 23, 2016) announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its draft guidance for the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule.

Thesmar said, “While the Preventive Controls rule embodies one of the basic pillars of FSMA, which is to thwart the contamination of food and to prevent foodborne illness from occurring, food retailers are well aware that prevention starts with strong good manufacturing practices followed by conducting a rigorous hazard analysis to identify and evaluate any known and reasonably foreseeable hazards.

“FMI appreciates FDA’s acknowledgement that the ‘relatively rare occurrence of significant safety concerns associated with the manufacture of food contact substances,’ and finished products, together with FDA’s extensive premarket review of these substances, provides adequate assurances of safety.

“We’re also encouraged that FDA extended certain compliance dates on several FSMA provisions, including requirements related to food contact substances under the foreign supplier verification rule. FMI and other retail associations have been working closely with FDA to seek clarification on the food contact substances issue, and we look forward to continued engagement with the agency as they consider how to best address our concerns.

“We remain confident in the food supply system and the U.S. government oversight is just part of the equation, as traceability and transparent business relationships are critical to the integrity of the food supply. We applaud the agency for providing essential guidance and reiterate the need for clarification in a timely manner for all of the outstanding questions under the final FSMA rules and we look forward to offering comments on behalf of the nation’s grocery stores and continuing our efforts with the agency.”


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Source: FMI

Starbucks comments on its price adjustment in U.S. company-operated stores

Seattle, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — On July 12, Starbucks made a small price adjustment in U.S. company-operated stores. Depending on the market, customers will experience increases of 10 to 20 cents on select sizes of brewed coffee, and 10 to 30 cents on espresso beverages and tea lattes. We expect the average customer ticket to increase by about 1 percent as a result of these beverage adjustments, however, 65 percent of beverage prices have not changed.

Pricing is continually evaluated on a product-by-product and market-by-market basis in our stores in order to balance business needs while continuing to provide value to our loyal customers. We are committed to providing value to our customers in meaningful ways, including Starbucks Rewards, special in-store promotions and competitive pricing, and believe that our approach to value properly balances the experience we provide customers with our need to effectively run our business.

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Starbucks comments on its price adjustment in U.S. company-operated stores
Starbucks comments on its price adjustment in U.S. company-operated stores


Source: Starbucks