What are the key challenges in food safety in the coming new year?
Food fraud is not widely reported on in the media. However, when it does happen it is a major event.
Remember the horse meat scandal of 2013?
For example. Substitution of goods like coffee, olive oil, fish, spices, tea etc are prone to this. To mislabel cheaper goods as premium or pad out premium goods is the typical way that food fraud occurs. This is nothing new to us in the food sector. Customer health is at risk i.e allergens and business resilience is weakened.
We know that retailers are now more on top of this issue in terms of ensuring what people purchase is authentic, but also the potential harm to consumers.
However, the processes involved in this are complex and many, therefore, mistakes can happen. So we as food safety consultants have to guide and educate food businesses on how important this issue is and will continue to be!
The key questions to any business are can you prove just how safe your products are?
Implementing and maintaining a food safety accreditation is your safeguard. It’s also telling your customers that you make your products to the highest possible food safety standards. This helps you to maintain and attract customers.
Your business resilience in 2020 can be strengthened with the help of a continuous food safety culture.