One of the largest recalls related to fresh eggs just occurred in Europe after Dutch eggs were found to contain a harmful pesticide. Many egg-related food products were pulled from grocery shelves throughout Europe and Asia. At the same time, the U.S. was dealing with a salmonella contamination at a poultry farm in Michigan and a widespread recall of salmonella-infected papayas from Mexico that sickened 173 people in 21 states.

The risk for companies is increasing. There were 764 food recalls in 2016, a 22% increase from 2015, according to Food Safety Magazine. When a product's safety comes into question, time is everything — particularly in the age of social media. Decisions need to be made quickly, but ill-judged ones can add cost and damage a company's reputation.

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