After years of status quo, in 2011 the United States implemented its first major food safety legislation in 70 years — the Food Safety Modernization Act. Nearly ten years later, we’re still working to implement it. But as quickly as regulators are trying to catch up, the more complicated our supply chains have become. For example, 15% of the US’s overall food supply is imported from over 200 other countries, according to the FDA. The complexity grows exponentially when we contemplate what this means for tracking food safety across a supply chain of this scope.
In a recent Global Market Insights report on the food safety testing market, analysts studied the most accurate numbers and current trends to predict what is happening in our industry. What stands out is how far the industry has come in recognizing the shared responsibility of protecting food sources from the field, to the processing plant, to the retailer, and, of course, the eventual consumer.
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According to the CDC, an estimated 2 million bacterial illnesses occur each year in the United States from contaminated meat and poultry products. With this in mind, many food suppliers have turned their attention to a dual strategy of being both proactive and how to best quarantine and prevent. Enhancing their biosecurity helps prevent the spread of foreign animal illnesses such as avian influenza, African swine fever, and foot-and-mouth disease, which helps protect their distributors and consumers from handling contaminated product..
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is no little-known piece of legislation in the industry today. As the defining rules have been finalized – and compliance dates have come and gone – manufacturers everywhere have felt the pressure of regulatory change. But is everyone on the same page when it comes to understanding these “new” compliance requirements? How is your company approaching its FSMA compliance obligations, and do you believe that technology can help?
When you think about the greatest threat to your food company’s profitability, your mind might automatically jump to nuances like employee turnover, inflating overhead costs or mismanaged advertising campaigns. Would you be surprised to know that a single failure in your food safety program could actually be the most devastating profitability factor of all?
The first ever World Food Safety Day (WFSD) will be celebrated on June 7, 2019, in an effort to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, as well as contribute to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. Get a better understanding of this momentous occasion with a helpful breakdown of when, how and why this day was established, and what you can do to participate.