Instances of food contamination and allergic reactions have become all too commonplace at a time when the technology and regulations put in place to prevent them have never been more robust.
According to study published late in 2018, and reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 7.6 percent of children in the United States have food allergies, with peanuts, milk, and shellfish being the most common offenders.
Last year was particularly deadly. According to the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, more than 25,000 American fell ill last year from contaminated food, 120 of them fatally, making 2018 the deadliest year for foodborne illnesses in more than a decade. In fact, the CDC logged nearly two dozen multi-state investigations last year. Vegetables are responsible for nearly half of all illnesses, followed by meat and poultry, dairy and eggs, fish and shellfish.
The increased popularity of raw milk consumption in the United States poses an even greater – if less publicized – public health risk. Dairy products, in their raw form, are fertile playgrounds for pathogens. And even pasteurized milk can threaten the health of people allergic to milk products. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that anywhere between 2 percent to 3 percent of babies are born with dairy allergies.
Until the Food Safety and Modernization Act was signed into law in 2011, no federal law existed that governed the dairy supply chain. Now, dairy producers are subject to the “focused mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration” rule. This provision mandates the implementation of FDA-regulated hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) programs. These protocols are meant to prevent hazards in the production process that can lead to contamination.
The law required all dairy producers to comply by Sept. 17, 2018.
Modern dairy companies understand the regulatory and consumer demands to ensure quality and safety with their products; and software is paving the way to make the process not only easier, but more transparent. Software provides a way for dairy companies to manage their supply chain, record, store, and easily retrieve critical data, and much more. Ultimately, moving to a digital software solution versus manual processes through binders or even static shared drives, leads to greater efficiencies, faster time to market, and improved consumer relationships.
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