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Food and Beverages | Monday, September 23, 2019

The foodborne illnesses can cause a lot of damage to the brand as well as its consumers.

FREMONT, CA: The food supply chain is susceptible to ample threats from every direction. Hence, food safety and security have emerged as a hot topic amongst people and researchers and scientists are actively engaged in adopting different approaches to prevent deterioration of food and ensure food security and safety. These approaches involve physical, biological, and chemical techniques which have been advanced by both academia and industry, which will contribute mainly to the manufacturing of microbiologically or chemically secured food with the finest quality. Furthermore, they are also moving toward developing technologies that take less processing time, is environment-friendly, and also reduce operational cost, thus benefitting the food industry.

Following are some of the food safety technology one must be aware of:

1. Predictive actions: IoT embedded devices and other connected technologies such as wireless temperature sensors, video cameras, and automated data system are marching towards predictive analytics. Connectivity and communication provide essential and valuable points that can help implement more proactive techniques for food safety.

The food industries under FSMA should implement a food safety system for analyzing hazards and risk-based preventive measures. To adopt essential preventive controls for corrective action, monitoring, and verification, the industry is required to use its allocated data for taking effective actions and making informed decisions.

2. Automated monitoring

The digitalization has streamlined the managing process of paper-based techniques and cumbersome monitoring strategies. The automated system has become essential for keeping up with compliance landscape.

Automation via comprehensive software has become a necessity to shield the company’s brand. Now, it is the time for the industry to ensure if they are implementing automated preventive measures through a technology solution that provides benefits like robust reporting, automatic scheduling and monitoring properties, customized and detailed workflows, and many more.

3. Digitally connected supply chain

Keeping in view the demands of consumers and the government about transparency into remediation efforts and contamination prevention, it has become important to involve traceability in the supply chain. On the event of a recall, it is utilized to distinguish and separate the safe products from the problem’s source. The digitally connected supply chain enables the manufacturers to wield the power of traceability to maximize quality control, improve supply management, and many more. 

The digital traceability systems also help in lessening the expenses and increasing the sales of the high-value product. Besides, traceability helps in decreasing the manufacturing and distribution of low-quality food products.

4. Speedier Recall Findings and Notifications

The food recalls are continually rising in frequency all because of the industry’s emphasis on prevention and high standards of governance for evaluation. There has been an increase in the positives of the testing samples as a result of more advanced contamination identification. 

A poorly managed food recall can cause permanent damage to the brand. It is consumer nature to change their brand preferences after some time. So the organization has to be proactive in identifying and communicating food safety issues to avoid jeopardizing their brand.

The latest technologies in food safety testing and software have helped the industry to pinpoint recall precursors quickly as well as relay notifications and alerts in real-time, thus saving other damage control efforts.

These trends point toward the advanced level of food security that will not only save us from hunger but also provide us with security from health risks. 

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