Tag: Food

Big data a “key to reducing food waste”?

Rising costs of food wastage and legislation aimed at reducing the problem is motivating organizations to use big data in order to combat the issue.

Food Safety in a “foodie” culture: proactively protecting the foodservice supply chain

Whether it’s celebrating a milestone birthday or taking a casual cruise through the drive-thru, Americans prefer dining out over cooking a meal at home for the first time in history. According to U.S. Census data, Americans spent more at bars and restaurants ($54.8 billion) last year than on groceries ($52.5 billion). Moreover, consumers have higher ...

This is how restaurant chefs are taking risks with your food safety

A survey of more than 200 chefs reveals some questionable food safety practices in restaurant kitchens. Whenever you eat out, you’re doing it in good faith. You’re putting trust in that establishment; acting on the assumption that staff members take food safety seriously all along the supply chain. If you’ve ever had food poisoning, you ...

Addressing food security in a changing world

When it comes to ensuring food security and sustainable agriculture, there simply is no “one size fits all”. Many interventions that have attempted to address the challenges of food security have not considered adequately the intricacies of the problem. The issues at hand are complex and require a multi-pronged approach. For several decades, the Food ...

The future of farming

The challenge of how we’ll feed the exploding world population in the future – in a sustainable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way – is seeding an agricultural revolution. Welcome to farming of the future : a hi-tech, capital-intensive system of growing food sustainably and cleanly for the masses. Here are the facts. Each second, the ...

Feeding 9 billion people sustainably in the latest ISOfocus

The agricultural sector is set to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050. So what’s the solution? Welcome to smart farming. The May/June 2017 issue of ISOfocus examines how high-tech farming techniques and technologies can ...

Vector-borne diseases storymaps: a new tool for Food Safety professionals and Risk Managers

EFSA has launched 36 interactive storymaps that provide user-friendly information on vector-borne diseases – from their geographical spread, to the risk of introduction in the EU to prevention and control measures. The storymaps have been developed as part of a scientific opinion that will support risk managers to prioritize control measures. The tool that experts ...

Plastic food contact materials: clearer guidance for applicants

Updated guidance provides applicants with clearer advice on how to submit dossiers on plastic food contact materials before they can be put on the market in the European Union. Previously covered in one guidance document, EFSA has now published separate scientific and administrative documents. The scientific guidance includes updated information on the dataset required to ...

High-end music festival turns into disaster area and mass chaos

This weekend was the inaugural Fyre Festival. It was supposed to be the Coachella of the Bahamas. It was supposed to be a VIP experience. Instead it was Millennial Armageddon. Tickets cost anywhere from $1,000 to $12,000 and promised a flight from Miami, activities like kayaking and yoga, and a stay in a geodesic dome. What ...

Building an integrated Food Safety System one brick at a time

Abraham Lincoln was once quoted as saying, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” You must be wondering how long you have to wait before you begin to see the integrated food safety system that government agencies have been promoting. Are there target dates, timelines and ...

Food for thought: Food Safety around the world

Recently, food safety has been receiving major attention due to trends such as globalization of the food supply, rapid urbanization, complexity of food preparation, increasing numbers of at risk people, changes in food consumption, climate change and emergence of new or antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. Furthermore, there is a high incidence of foodborne diseases in both developed ...

ISO and Food Safety

The consequences of unsafe food can be serious and ISO’s food safety management standards help organizations identify and control food safety hazards. As many of today's food products repeatedly cross national boundaries, International Standards are needed to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain. ISO 22000 specifies requirements for a food safety management ...