Adopting natural solutions to create animal feed protein
Access to a sustainable and safe protein supply for animal feed is an urgent global challenge. Commercial development of new sources of safe and traceable proteins are essential to meet the needs of growing populations and the increased consumption of meat, fish, and eggs. Insect farming presents both an economical and environmental solution to the need for a sustainable source of high quality proteins whilst also addressing the challenge of tackling growling levels of biomass residues proteins
Food supply chain refers to the end-to-end process of preparing food products: from sourcing raw materials, taking the food through the manufacturing process, moving on to the packaging, and finally the delivery to the customer. Various compliance and regulations in local markets exist in place to ensure stringent food safety and quality standards are adhered to.
The intent of unannounced audits is to determine the actual operational and hygiene controls in place on day-to-day basis, which reflect the behavioural and food safety cultures within the organization. Being audit-ready at all times builds trust and confidence that a facility could be visited at any time.
Human resources and Health, Safety and Well-being in the food sector
Managing employees’ health and well-being is the responsibility of any responsibly business in the food sector. UN Sustainable Development Goals three and eight address health, well-being and productive and decent employment for all.
Modern slavery in the food chain: risk and reformation
Modern slavery is now on the radar of the media and NGOs, many of whom are unafraid to publicly shame and thrust brands into the spotlight for failing to address it. There has been a significant increase in investigative journalism and data collection to highlight and expose modern slavery within a range of industries.
Although the images of our polluted oceans reveal unacceptable levels of environmental pollution it must be remembered that packaging used for food is beneficial. It provides a barrier function, preventing physical contamination and contamination with spoilage or pathogenic microorganisms, or with chemicals present in the external environment during distribution or storage.
There are many types of food fraud: mislabelling, adulteration and dilution are just a few and previous BSI articles have covered different aspects of food fraud and country of origin labelling in more detail.
Together with the usual cases of substitution in seafood, spices and herbs, through to diluted olive oil and honey, food fraud to optimize profit is here to stay. Increasing food prices and an ever more complex global food supply chain present an irresistible opportunity for fraudulent activity.
Unexpected or undeclared allergens and the misrepresentation of food continue to make news headlines and is the leading cause of food recalls globally. While the impact on brand reputation can be financially damaging, the impact on consumers sensitive to allergen contamination can be devastating.
Business Continuity Management in the Food Industry
Business continuity is both a rising discipline and growing concern within the food and drink industry. BC Management (BCM) is still a relatively new concept for most organizations within the food industry with few companies having moved beyond reactive crisis management to a proactive or preventative approach.
Whether it’s next month or next quarter, you’ve probably already started thinking about your next food safety audit and what you can do to meet the associated KPIs established by your organization. This isn’t easy as most Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards are evolving; moving the ‘best practice’ expectation to even higher levels of due diligence, organizational commitment and engagement.
A culture of food safety and quality is a major component of resilience in food businesses. It helps deliver sustainable, competitive advantage because a strong culture can take more controlled risks and more easily shift to new working patterns in today’s rapidly evolving and disruptive environments.
Determining where a food product comes from is no longer easy when raw materials and ingredients criss-cross the globe or are blended before arriving in store. Yet consumers are more interested than ever before to understand where their food comes from and what’s in it.
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Uncover how the new international health and safety management system ISO 45001 contributes to ethical trade and a sustainable workforce in the food sector and discover how to mitigate risks to your workforce’s health, safety and wellbeing.
Historically, delivering on the consumer expectation of safe food products has been managed using the concept of understanding and assessing food safety risk; the identification of critical points of control and the careful management of the production process.
Modern slavery is the recruitment, transport, receipt and harbouring of people to exploit their labour, and it affects almost all parts of the world. Globally, it’s estimated that there are over 40 million men, women and children in situations in modern day slavery today.