According to the World Health Organization (WHO), technological advances, digitization, novel foods, and improved processing methods deliver a wealth of opportunities to enhance food safety and improve nutrition. Simultaneously, climate change and the globalization of food production, coupled with a growing population and increasing urbanization, pose more significant food safety challenges.
Today’s food systems are more complex and interconnected than ever before, blurring the lines of regulatory responsibility. Every year, foodborne illnesses sicken 48 million Americans (17% of people in the United States) and lead to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Solutions to these potential problems require a concerted effort from everyone in the food supply chain.
With an increased demand for transparency across the entire supply chain, the tightening of food safety regulations, and the changing landscape of food safety overall, the need for technology-based solutions is critical. As food safety management systems grow in breadth and complexity, the amount of data required to comply with food safety requirements continues to skyrocket.
The automation of critical food safety management tasks can considerably improve your food safety systems’ effectiveness by refocusing personnel resources and enabling the utilization of material and process data to drive preventive approaches for ensuring food safety.