The 2020 State of the Industry report provide an overview of the top issues defining current development in food safety across agriculture, processing, distribution, retail, and foodservice.
Processing and packaging are important facets of food safety—food processors and manufacturers need to ensure they are choosing the correct packaging for their product, and also that the product will arrive in stores safely.
Produce safety has been a hot topic in the news as of late—with massive lettuce and salad recalls in 2019, the public wants to make sure they are eating produce that has been safely processed, and does not contain pathogens.
Individuals who manage and implement food safety plans across agriculture, food distribution, food processing, retailing, and foodservice also require training and certification on an ongoing basis in order to stay abreast of vital food safety best practices and official regulatory industry guidance.
On December 31, 2019, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, Wuhan City, China, reported several pneumonia cases with unknown causes, eventually identifying a novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.
Software and technology are often crucial components of food safety plans. These technologies factor into aspects of food safety plans related to traceability, as well as in product development and manufacturing.