Food Security and Food Safety
Prone to bacterial contaminations, food is one of the key ways in which illnesses are spread across the world (Odeyemi & Bamidele, 2016). Foodborne diseases have emerged and re-emerged over the world, making microbiological food safety and quality critical to society and public health (Odeyemi & Bamidele, 2016).
There is a need for enhanced knowledge among academics, producers, consumers, and government in order to ensure food security for the global population, protect natural resources, and promote health via food safety Garcia et al. (2020). Food supply chain effectiveness and efficiency need to be improved urgently. By 2050, the world’s population is predicted to reach at least 9 billion people, which would need a 70 percent increase in food production and the development of sustainable food systems and supply chains (King et al., 2017). The complexity of food supply chains, environmental limits, an aging society, and changes in consumer choice and dietary consumption all contribute to this difficulty. To promote food security, food safety can be a critical enabler (King et al., 2017). Safe food is essential for the well-being of consumers in developed and emerging countries.
The FAO (2019) mentioned that it is always better to discard dangerous food as opposed to ingesting it. What is really necessary is a decrease in the prevalence of food safety concerns, particularly those that pose the most significant risk to human health. In addition, harmful leftovers should be eliminated from the food supply chain to prevent them from being consumed.
Traceability as a solution (iMIS Food Tracking)
Food safety is a critical aspect of food security. An estimated 14% of all food produced is disposed of before it reaches the tables of malnourished people worldwide. Chemical and microbiological contamination in foods contributes to some of this loss (FAO, 2019). According to Yu et al. (2022), the capacity to track the origins of the food being consumed is a critical component of this. Food recalls and other food safety events have decimated customer trust, cost billions of dollars in damage and placed enormous stress on the country’s food safety authorities and food companies.
iMIS Food comes with a tracking management system, iMIS Food Tracking, that can be integrated with other systems. Traceability from source material to final product to the client is required by several quality standards and European law. This tracing applies to both the raw material and the additives and packaging components that come into touch with the product. The inflow of all raw materials, consumables, and packaging must be compared to purchase conditions and supplier assessments. This prevents the firm from beginning the manufacturing process with the incorrect items. iMIS Food maintains track of which raw ingredients, additives, and packaging wind up in which final product throughout the manufacturing process. iMIS Food maintains track of which customers have received which finished goods. This enables one-button traceability from source material to the client.
Food safety training as a solution
Next to digital is the knowledge transfer essential to gaining awareness about the importance of food safety. In order to ensure global food security, conserve natural resources, and enhance health by ensuring food safety, the food company and the stakeholders all need to be more informed about food safety and its necessity (Garcia et al., 2020). To decrease food losses, farmers and employees wherever in the food supply chain require training to estimate the point of different crop growth stages, time the harvest appropriately, and safeguard crops from poor weather conditions, plant diseases, and certain pests (FAO, 2019). Effective hazard identification will aid in concentrating on critical microbiological or chemical contamination of concern, hence maintaining the safety of food production and consumption (Uyttendaele et al., 2016). According to Uyttendaele et al. (2016), ensuring prompt response to hazardous food safety events has significant beneficial effects on food security.
In order to facilitate an open competitive landscape, education, training and development programs are essential for farmers, encouragement of cooperatives, clarification of rural property rights, and aid in risk management, legislative frameworks that receive government support may be of great benefit (Mangla et al., 2021). Nonetheless, these legal frameworks are not in place, in every emerging country. New competencies and up-to-date training programs at every stage of the supply chain are needed to improve food safety (Mangla et al., 2021).
As a stakeholder in the global food supply chain we feel responsible, therefore we share the knowledge we gained, by assisting with over 1000 audits, and experience in different types of food products. Hereby, we share a training that goes back to the fundamentals of food safety to ensure there are procedures in place, to prevent or reduce possible hazards. To enhance food security and local economies, it is essential that knowledge is shared between stakeholders. QAssuarance gives the possibility to share knowledge through online and offline training. As food security is very closely related to food safety, it is a necessity that we make that information clear and practical for everyone. Are you interested in training? Or want to know more about our Food Security Program? Please go further to the link and become part of our Food Security Program security.
Food Safety Security Training Presentation
References: Food Safety Online training material
- FAO. (2019). Moving forward on food loss and waste reduction. The State of Food and Agriculture 2019.
- Garcia, S. N., Osburn, B. I., & Jay-Russell, M. T. (2020). One health for food safety, food security, and sustainable food production. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 4, 1.
- King, T., Cole, M., Farber, J. M., Eisenbrand, G., Zabaras, D., Fox, E. M., & Hill, J. P. (2017). Food safety for food security: Relationship between global megatrends and developments in food safety. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 68, 160-175.
- Mangla, S. K., Bhattacharya, A., Yadav, A. K., Sharma, Y. K., Ishizaka, A., Luthra, S., & Chakraborty, R. (2021). A framework to assess the challenges to food safety initiatives in an emerging economy. Journal of Cleaner Production, 284, 124709.
- Odeyemi, O. A., & Bamidele, F. A. (2016). Harnessing the potentials of predictive microbiology in microbial food safety and quality research in Nigeria. Future Science OA, 2(1).
- Uyttendaele, M., De Boeck, E., & Jacxsens, L. (2016). Challenges in food safety as part of food security: lessons learnt on food safety in a globalized world. Procedia food science, 6, 16-22.