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Focus on Food Safety

Updated January 2011 -

The year 2010 saw incidents of food-borne illness from common foods such as eggs, spinach, tomatoes, ground beef, peanut butter, candy, pet food, and cookie dough    The nearly weekly investigations and recalls of various foods items from the USA and abroad created ever- mounting  pressure on the US Congress to take action and revise the nation’s food safety laws. 

In December 2010, the first major overhaul of the food-safety system since the1930s was adopted by the Congress and then signed into law by President Barack Obama in early January 2011.  The law calls for increasing government inspections at food-processing facilities and, for the first time, gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to order the recall of unsafe foods.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year 1 out of 6 Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food borne diseases. 12/2010

With increased regulation opposed by many family-owned and organic farmers, the legislation still needs to be funded and with the change in the control of the US House of Representatives funding might be a huge problem. The law does set standards and now shifts the focus to other countries that export food stuffs into the United States. A January poll of consumers in China indicated that more than 70% did not have confidence in the safety of their [nation’s] food supply. China is a large supplier of food to North America. It remains to be seen if food exporting countries will raise the bar on food safety in the future as a result of the US’s action.

Food Safety will continue to be a focus of interest of corporations, Congress and the public and AC subscribers will be able to read about it all here under the Hot Topic of Food Safety.

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Food…trust – and provider accountability -- the three terms clearly go together. We consume food hundreds, even thousands of miles from its origination.  Trust is everything!  Anything we put in our bodies every day should be “trustworthy,” in terms of where it came from -- and everyone involved in the food supply chain should be accountable for their actions (or inaction in certain cases).  From grower / farmer / planter / rancher to food processor to retailer or food service or restaurant…and then to each of us – there is a clear chain of accountability. Trust is the important foundation all along the human food chain – preserving trust should be an imperative for every player.  And yet, accidents do happen.  Each year in the United States tainted foods cause an estimated 75 million illnesses resulting in more than 300,000 hospitalizations and as many as 5,000 deaths or more. (World-wide food hazards kill more than 1.8 million people each year, mostly affecting children.)

The impact on the U.S. economy in medical costs alone top $6.5 billion with maybe two or three times that number in financial losses to business, industry and government.  More and more of the food items that we in the U.S.A. consume come to our shores from foreign and third world production and processing sources, where there can be a lack of adequate sanitation or proper food handling procedures and oversight.

Even here in America, numerous food processing issues arise each year, typically involving incidents of food-borne illnesses originating from such biological hazards as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, and these and more continue to be significant public health threats. Those at greatest risk are children, senior citizens, pregnant women and their unborn children, and those with impacted immune systems.

There is heightened interest in food safety issues on the part of consumers and their advocates; government officials at the federal, state and local levels; the healthcare community; media; and food, retailing and restaurant industries. The nation has made great progress in identifying harmful food production technologies, ramping up safety procedures, and adopting rules and regulations and to promote safer methods of handling and preparing foods.

Food Safety is all about Accountability – and trust.  The AC Hot Topic – Food Safety section is designed to present timely and useful news and information, a range of commentary, and reports on research on food safety topics.  The objective: To improve and expand the public dialogue and contribute to the goal of safer food sources, processing and monitoring for all citizens.  As always, we are interested in your comments on this important topic.

 


Latest on Focus on Food Safety

May 19, 2020 AI shaping the future of food: ‘Delivering a sustainable food system will fundamentally depend on exchanging data

Source: Food Navigator

Ag-tech company Agrimetrics is launching a new, interactive tool for looking at food and farming data. It claims it will improve sustainability and productivity by accelerating artificial intelligence and advanced analytics....

May 19, 2020 In South Korea, centuries of farming point to the future for sustainable agriculture

Source: Monga Bay

Agriculture in South Korea is a blend of centuries-old traditions and contemporary techniques adapted to a variety of environmental conditions, making it a model to adopt in the effort to future-proof food production against...

May 15, 2020 Sustainability Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Source: AG Web

Building trust in food begins with empowering farmers through one of the largest and most diverse conservation- and sustainability-focused public-private partnerships in our nation’s history: America’s Conservation Ag Movement.

May 15, 2020 New functions of a protein may improve biocontrol methods in sustainable agriculture

Source: Eurekalert

he laboratory of the UMA "BacBio" has proved that Bacillus subtilis cells, when deprived of an amyloid protein (TasA), exhibit a range of cytological anomalies and dysfunctions leading to their premature death.

May 14, 2020 Berry industry on board with sustainable packaging

Source: The Packer

North American berry grower-shippers are responding to consumer and retailer pressure to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic.

May 14, 2020 Insect-based feedstuffs hold ‘enormous potential’ for EU sustainability goals

Source: Euractiv

With the long-awaited Farm to Fork strategy due to be unveiled in the coming days, EURACTIV took a look at the potential insect-based food and feedstuffs hold for contributing to the goals of the strategy and creating a more...

May 13, 2020 Mondel?z International reports significant progress in new sustainability report

Source: Food/Beverage

Mondel?z International‘s latest Snacking Made Right report shows that the company has exceeded its sustainability and wellbeing goals, commenting that they are “on track” for their ambitions 2025 targets.

May 13, 2020 Personalization, sustainability among trends impacting food industry

Source: Candy Industry

When it comes to the perfect mix of great taste, clean labels and a nutritional punch, there’s a lot of common ground among Baby Boomers, Millennials, Gen X and Gen Z

May 13, 2020 Salinas Valley suppliers look to sustainable packaging options

Source: The Packer

Consumers and retailers interested in saving the planet have been quite vocal recently about their desire to do away with single-use plastic.

May 11, 2020 Ocean Spray Farmers Undertake Sustainability Drive

Source: Karma Impact

Ocean Spray Inc. wants customers to know that its cranberries are grown in a sustainable way, even undergoing a potentially costly and time-consuming auditing process to verify it.

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