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What Technologies are Helping Food Enterprises Improve Safety?
Technologies like blockchain are helping the food industry to better food safety and, in turn, reduce foodborne diseases.
FREMONT, CA: In recent times, foodborne diseases have increased, affecting numerous people, but technology can help food companies overcome this challenge. Advanced technologies can prevent an epidemic from occurring by showcasing the disease's source before more people are affected by it. It can even decrease the impact on the people who are already exposed to the disease. Here are some technologies that can help detect, prevent, and treat foodborne illnesses.
Digital media has helped generate a considerable amount of data about foodborne pandemics that have occurred in the past. Now the researchers can make use of technologies like big data analytics that will help them reveal patterns and indicators related to foodborne disease.
Researchers can even detect the source of the pathogens received from the information gathered from the data to avoid further distribution of the illness. Moreover, big data analytics allows the food researchers to use the enormous amount of data that they have received from the past foodborne diseases.
Nowadays, the popularity of ready-to-eat meals has reached its zenith because of its increasing demand among consumers. Therefore, the food industry is under immense pressure to adopt pasteurization and preservation methods, which will allow them to sanitize the packed food reducing the exposure to bacteria.
Food companies prefer infrared heating to purify the food, especially in cases of meats like ham. This technology can kill surface bacteria and other contaminants before the final packaging with the help of heat lamps that radiate heat at low temperatures.
Many companies are implementing blockchain technology so that they can create a transparent supply chain. Here, the database is stored in several computers and not connected with the internet due to which there are fewer chances of cybersecurity risks. This digital technology is also extremely secure as only the users who have cryptography keys can have access to edit the data.
It is necessary to maintain high-level security so that they can ensure that even after protecting the credibility of the information, the data is available for the public. Blockchain also allows food companies to track any contaminated food in the supply chain so that they can ensure the safety of other products and the consumers.