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Can Technology Aid in Ensuring Food Safety and Authenticity?

Kevin Lobo, Food and Beverage Tech Review | Friday, September 03, 2021

Adhering to the strong consumer demand, companies are investing in food safety technology and packaging to eradicate the risks related to food crises. 

FREMONT, CA: Foodborne contamination and illness have always been a significant issue for the Asia Pacific food and beverage industry, particularly with the number of such incidents on the rise. According to the data derived from a market research agency, the global food safety testing market worth $17 billion is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.7 percent to touch $24 billion by 2023. The driving factor of the growth is the increased need for testing, high demand for foods, globalization in the food trade, the rising number of foodborne disease outbreaks, and more contamination incidents. Technology has always been one of the significant priorities of the World Health Organization in addressing food safety, and they are expected to deliver a substantial impact by 2030.

Food safety tools and technology

Top 10 Food Safety Services Companies - 2020Numerous tools in the market cater to the food safety application specifically, form on-pack indicators for temperature and gas detection, to the point-of-care devices that point out the actual contamination. A commonly used point-of-care device is the scanner and its associated technologies that are particularly important in primary food production. The benefits of these technologies come to light when it comes to time and cost-saving.

The importance of authentication for safety

In addition to the technology and tools that is particularly configured for food safety reasons, other kinds of technology that bring up a proof of authentication like traceability and databases carrying a piece of comprehensive information, are also becoming influential within the food safety area.

Food Safety Challenges

When it comes to the food manufacturers in Asia, challenges such as varying regulation is to be considered when making any changes for food safety, which can itself be a major challenge. Additionally, numerous external factors need to be tackled, including the environment, authenticity, and integrity.

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