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Summary on Food Recalls and Ethical Retailing News

Paul Woodward
Senior Director, Retail Supply Chain Business

To recap 2018, there were a total of 440 - on average 37 monthly - food recalls throughout Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. To break this down, the U.S. made up half of those total recalls for the year, with Canada at 31% and the U.K. at 19%. The average number of recalls for both contamination and mislabelling reasons were 18 a month, while on average there were only one a month in the miscellaneous recall category.

440 Food Recalls Reported for 2018 

2018 Food Recalls

 

 

 

 

So it seems that 2019 is off to a rocky start in the contamination category, with already above average numbers reported for food contamination recalls, at 21 for the month of January (2018’s monthly average was 18). Overall though, it’s trending the same with 37 total recalls for the month.  

January 2019 Food Recalls

 

 

 

 

Clean Label and Ethical Retailing

In addition to food recalls, news articles are buzzing around retailers and their ability to provide product transparency to consumers and ethical behavior. 

Articles related to clean label and ethical retailing:

Clean Label Is Now One of the Most Talked About Food Attributes On Social Media – In the last two years, there has been a dramatic increase in the mention of clean label in global social media posts. Consumers continue to demand more clarity on the ingredients within the food they eat, in hopes to make better-informed choices.

Ahold Delhaize USA Eyes Cleaner Private Brands  Ahold Delhaize plans to make its private label products ‘cleaner and more natural’ through the removal of synthetic colors, MSG’s and high fructose corn syrup as well as artificial flavours, preservatives, and sweeteners by 2025.

Adidas, Lululemon and Gap, Inc. Highest-Scoring Brands on Addressing Forced Labor Risks – As forced labor remains prevalent in apparel and footwear production, some brands are scoring better than others in the KnowTheChain supply chain assessment. The average score for 2018 was 37 out of 100, which is based on the organization’s actions to address abuse and forced labor. There were 43 global retailers that were assessed in this study.

Top Scoring Companies

  • Adidas - Scoring 92 out of 100
  • Lululemon - Scoring 89 out of 100
  • Gap, Inc. - Scoring 75 out of 100  

Target, H&M and 41 More Launch Charter to Reduce Supply Chain Emissions – Forty-three brands, retailers and organizations, including Adidas, Gap, Inc., H&M and Target, launched the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, to address climate impact across the fashion supply chain. The charter includes six groups that will outline implementation steps to reach the goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

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