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Food safety is our business

Whole Genome Sequencing

We commend APEC for hosting an outstanding workshop on WGS (whole genome sequencing). Excellent presentations and messaging on trade and regulatory capacity building.  The science is there; the scientists are, too.  The big hurdle remains international private/public sector collaboration.

Stop Food Borne Illness

Have a look at Bill Marler’s tweet/ Stop Food Borne Illness recommendations to modernize US food recall system.

National Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month.  48 million cases of foodborne illness are reported annually – that’s about 1 in 6 Americans each year. CDC & FDA postings offer advice for consumers, but without full supply chain compliance, home kitchens are a weak defense.

Get Global Food Safety Right

There’s a wave for food safety tracing and digitalization.  And GFSF is on it but we’re not surfers.  We’re doers.  New tech helps produce food safely but data management software helps deliver it in supply chains. One without the other risks leading to a tsunami, not global food safety.

UN Report on Climate Change

UN Report on climate change: “Code red for humanity!” We’re doing our small part to reduce carbon emissions in the ag value chain— code food security!

Food Safety Investigations

The US CDC/ FDA/ and USDA’s FSIS (food safety & inspection) list these multi-state investigations:  Listeria (3); Salmonella (20) and E.Coli (3).  Scale that to global supply chains and the threat is exponential. Surveillance is a warning but prevention is a cure.        

UN Pre-Summit for Food Systems

The UN Pre-Summit for Food Systems in Rome targeted transformational change with global policies/actions. But nationalist bias and unabated climate adversity risk making sustainability unsustainable.   

Eat Up and Wake Up!

The Rockefeller Foundation blockbuster report quantifies GHG emissions from US food system and plenty of other hidden costs.  Eat up and wake up!!

Smarter Food Safety Blueprint

Have a look at FDA’s “Smarter Food Safety Blueprint” for roll-out soon. GFSF (www.globalfoodsafety.org ) is also targeting food safety management systems and digitalization throughout food supply chains.