Category: Current News

Food safety is our business

Who Should be Most Thankful?

Who should be most thankful?  NFU’s Farmer Share site leads with “farmers and ranchers receive 14.3 cents of every dollar consumers spend on food…”  FAO – food insecurity climbing to 30% of world population; WHO – an estimated 600 million people worldwide fall ill annually from eating contaminated food.

The Intersect of Climate Change and Food Safety

据欧洲新鲜农产品协会称,不断上升的气温和能源成本提高了食品安全和保障。 我们同意。 温度越高,微生物污染的机会就越大。 打开空调以在短期内维持冷链 – 也许。 GFSF 正在寻求新的解决方案。

Mitigate Effects of Rising Temps and Energy Costs

Rising temperatures and energy costs heighten food safety and security concerns, according to European Fresh Produce Assoc. We agree.  The higher the temp, the greater the chance for microbio contamination. Turn up the A/C to maintain the cold chain in short term — maybe.  GFSF is seeking new solutions.

2022 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Recipient

Congrats to Dr. Martin Wiedmann, Professor of Food Safety, Cornell University and co-director at the New York Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence, for the 2022 Borlaug CAST Communication Award.  His outstanding work has focused on raising our understanding of the pathogenesis, ecology, evolution, and transmission of bacterial foodborne and zoonotic disease—all top priorities.

Six Challenges to Food Safety

Chris Eliot comments in New Food on 5 challenges to food safety: 1. Climate change; 2. Foodborne viruses of animal origin; 3. Antimicrobial resistance; 4. The economic crisis; and, 5. Unintended consequences of rushing the sustainability agenda.  We’d add:  6. The right surveillance technology and regs.

Lower Food Standards in the UK?

A counter-intuitive to kick off the week. UK Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has expressed concern that the UK Government is entering into Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) which will result in lowering food standards in the UK.  And here we thought the nub of the problem was BREXIT.

Supply Chain Disruptions

Logistics Management study on supply chain disruptions.  A few takeaways: 1) bringing operations “closer to home;” 2) “global disruptions” increased shipper freight rates up to 71%; 3) very long lead times required; and 4) 83% re-thinking global supply chain operations.

Adverse Effects of Weather on Grain Production

New Food Magazine: “Changes in weather patterns, such as severe drought or flooding, can adversely affect grain production, whether it be on crop yield, quality, or risk of mycotoxin contamination.”  

Good for Food Safety, but Bad for Yields and Food Security?

Another irony — global surge in energy prices linked to grower cutback in fertilizer applications. Good for food safety?  Bad for higher yields and food security?