White Paper

Adoption of Technology Minimizes Recalls

White Paper

How Product Inspection Systems Prevent Product Recalls

Preventing Product Recalls | White Paper
Preventing Product Recalls | White Paper

As production speeds increase, so too does the risk of defective products reaching retailer shelves. In addition, the movement toward a global market and growing consolidation of raw material suppliers increases the potential scope of product recalls. This white paper explores how manufacturers can prevent product recalls and covers the following topics:

  • The financial impact of product recalls
  • Reducing legal liability by following industry standards
  • Implementing best practices before they become requirements
  • Gaining a competitive advantage
  • Choosing the best technology for your application

Adopting industry best practices is a key step to establish an effective recall prevention program, but best practice can often be improved through the use of new technologies. Companies willing to move beyond existing best practices reduce their legal risk, but also gain an advantage over their competitors.

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The Cost of Product Recalls

As manufacturers continue to find ways to improve efficiency and reduce product waste, recall prevention continues to be a significant area of interest. Product recalls can cause irreversible damage to a company's reputation, and the costs of such a recall can cause a company to fold entirely. It is in the best interest of manufacturers to ensure their recall prevention plans are doing everything they can to avoid the issues that lead to a product recall.

The complete financial impact of a product recall can range from thousands to millions depending upon the scope of the recall and the number of products affected. Beyond the cost of direct damage, there are also costs related to lost sales – pulling recalled products off shelves means consumers cannot buy the product until replacements arrive – as well as the intangible damage that is done to the brand's reputation.

In spite of this, recalls remain a growing problem in the food industry. This is part of the reason why so many food manufacturers are becoming more interested in moving beyond regulatory compliance and into something more comprehensive when it comes to recall prevention.