Product Recalls in the Meat and Poultry Industry: Key Drivers of Supply Chain Efficiency and Effectiveness

TitleProduct Recalls in the Meat and Poultry Industry: Key Drivers of Supply Chain Efficiency and Effectiveness
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsChebolu-Subramanian, V, Gaukler, G
EditorBlecker, T, Kersten, W, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsInnovative Methods in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Volume19
Page339
Publisherepubli
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-8442-9878-9; 978-3-8442-9880-2
ISSN NumberISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
Keywordsfood recalls, meat and poultry industry, safety hazards, Supply Chain Management
Abstract


There has been a significant increase in the number, size, and severity of food
product recalls in the United States in the past decade. Additionally, the
pressure to reduce costs has caused many food supply chains to off-shore
production activities, making the logistics of recall events more challenging and
costly for these supply chains. Thus, there is a strong need for research that
can help identify the determinants and key drivers of supply chain efficiency
and effectiveness with respect to food recall events. We focus our investigation
on meat and poultry supply chains in the United States. Through an empirical
analysis of over 500 recall events recorded in the government tracking
database during the 2005-2013 period, we identify and test key factors that
impact the product recall process in contemporary food supply chains. We
conduct a statistical regression analysis to examine the impact of recall
strategy, hazard type and the supply chain entity detecting the hazard on the
time to recall and the amount of product recovered at closure. Future work also
aims to investigate the impact of supply chain structure, reverse logistics and
the potential impact of traceability (e.g., RFID) and condition monitoring (e.g.,
temperature sensors) on recall outcomes.