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Food safety is and remains a top ten concern for food manufacturers and other food businesses. But a series of major food poisoning outbreaks and contamination incidents over the last three years have served to focus the attention of the media, consumer groups and enforcement authorities worldwide on the activities of the food industry as never before. This critical environment is set to become a key driver for food businesses to strengthen the measures they take to ensure the safety and traceability of their products. The pressure to introduce more robust systems and technologies is growing as the requirements of legislation and the demands of key customers continue to expand.

Conversely, while industry safety practices may be under the spotlight, the growing demands on businesses may also present an opportunity. Early adoption of developing technologies and systems for managing food safety and traceability can demonstrate corporate responsibility and commitment to the protection of consumers and shareholders. For some businesses, a visibly responsible attitude to food safety is set to become an asset, which has the potential to deliver added value and competitiveness, if communicated effectively.

This report brings together the major food safety challenges currently facing food businesses and the complex driving forces being applied to the industry. These drivers are then related to some important technologies and systems being developed to enhance the management of food safety and traceability. Those technologies are analysed and compared in terms of their likely impact. The potential for change presented by key future developments is examined and a framework for a business strategy to cope with growing demands for food safety and traceability is presented.

Key features of this report

  • An overview of the broad range of food safety threats facing businesses and an analysis of the main sources and causes of those threats.
  • An assessment of the key influences driving food safety and traceability enhancement including legislation and the demands of major customers.
  • Comparative analysis of significant new food processing methods and other ancillary technologies and their likely impact on food safety.
  • Assessment of the potential role of new packaging technologies in food safety assurance.

Scope of this report

  • Gain a broad understanding of the strategic significance of product safety and traceability in the overall context of the modern food industry.
  • Assess the potential for investment in food safety and traceability technologies to provide real benefits and a competitive advantage for your business.
  • Be aware of the range of new food safety technologies and services available to businesses, their benefits and drawbacks and their potential to provide return on investment.
  • Understand the real potential for food safety benefits to be gained from new packaging technologies.
  • Gain an insight into the importance and value of effective traceability systems in managing food safety.

Key Market Issues

  • The key threats to food safety and their sources can be identified, but threats can also arise from unexpected directions. How can businesses best prepare themselves for rapidly emerging threats?
  • Many technologies have been developed and marketed with a view to enhancing food safety, but which of them have the potential to provide real business benefits in the long term?
  • The potential role of ‘smart packaging’ in food safety is much hyped, but the real benefits may be limited by current technology. The development of nanotechnology applications is set to alter the equation dramatically.
  • Pressure to improve the traceability of products in the food supply chain beyond current legal requirements is growing. Will the technologies currently available, or close to market, make this possible?

Key findings from this report

  • Contamination problems originate from well regulated domestic suppliers as well as from imported products.
  • Manufacturers need to establish as much control as possible over their supply chains.
  • Food safety is becoming an important factor in the overall issue of corporate responsibility.
  • The demands of retailers and customers now have a strong influence on food safety policy and practice in many businesses.
  • Some alternative food processing technologies have food safety and quality advantages, but these may be outweighed by increased costs, regulatory hurdles and consumer resistance.
  • Many active and intelligent packaging technologies add significantly to production costs and potential benefits are still uncertain.
  • Traceability is a vital element of food safety in terms of identifying and controlling contamination incidents.
  • Managing traceability data using ‘cloud computing’ software solutions accessed via the Internet is a cost-effective way to deal with growing future demands for traceability data.

Key questions answered

  • What are the most significant threats to food safety faced by manufacturers and other food businesses?
  • Where do the majority of reported food safety threats and food contaminants originate?
  • What are the human and financial consequences of a failure in food safety management or a contamination incident?
  • How are businesses responding to growing food safety demands from retailers and other customers?
  • Can novel food processing technologies and systems make a meaningful contribution to food safety?
  • Does new packaging technology have a real role in product safety in the food industry?

Table of Contents

Food Safety and Traceability Strategies

Food safety hazards 10

Legislation and market drivers 11

Food safety technologies in manufacturing 12

Packaging technologies designed to improve food safety 13

Traceability systems and technologies 14

Future outlook for food safety and traceability 15

Chapter 1 Food safety hazards 18

Summary 18

Introduction 19

Food safety 19

Traceability 20

Business responsibilities 21

Threats, hazards and risks 21

Biological hazards 23

The burden of food borne disease caused by biological hazards 23

Bacteria 26

Viruses 28

Parasites 28

Food allergens 29

Chemical hazards 30

Natural biological toxins 30

Environmental contaminants 31

Processing contaminants 32

Contaminants derived from food contact materials 32

Adulterants 33

Physical contaminants 33

Identifying the major sources of food safety threats 34

EU RASFF system 34

Underlying reasons for a poor food safety record 36

China 36

Iran and Turkey 37

US 38

Options for food and drinks manufacturers 39

Chapter 2 Legislation and market drivers 42

Summary 42

Introduction 43

Legislation 43

European Union 43

US 45

State legislation 46

Japan 46

China 46

HACCP implications 47

Packaging legislation 48

Impact of legislation on international trade 50

International standards and codes of practice 50

Codex Alimentarius 50

Other international standards and codes 51

Other initiatives 52

US initiatives 53

Corporate responsibility 53

Case study 1 – Kellogg Company 54

Consumer perceptions 56

Business perceptions 56

Customer demands 58

Case study 2 – GFSI 59

Other factors 61

Pressure groups 61

Trade associations 63

The cost of food safety and traceability 64

Conclusion 66

Chapter 3 Food safety technologies in manufacturing 68

Summary 68

Introduction 69

Processing technologies 70

High pressure processing 70

Pulsed electric field 72

Alternative heating technologies 74

Microwave processing 74

Decontamination technologies 75

Irradiation 76

Ozonation 78

Bacteriophages 79

Novel preservatives 81

Natural preservatives 81

Commercial outlook 82

IT-based food safety technologies 83

Food safety management software 83

Predictive modeling 84

Testing and analysis 86

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 86

Lateral flow assays 89

Chapter 4 Packaging technologies designed to improve food safety 92

Summary 92

Introduction 93

Protection and preservation 93

Active packaging 94

Active packaging technologies 94

Antimicrobial films 97

Nanotechnology 98

Intelligent packaging 99

Intelligent packaging technologies 99

Pathogen detection devices 102

Active and intelligent packaging trends 104

Tamper-evident packaging 105

Case study 3- Masterfoods 105

Tamper-evident technologies 105

Chapter 5 Traceability systems & technologies 110

Summary 110

Introduction 111

The concept of traceability 111

Case study 4: Tracing sources of contaminated peanut butter 112

Traceability systems 113

Essential components of a traceability system 114

Traceability system technologies 116

Barcodes 116

RFID- based systems 118

Other labelling technologies 121

Traceability data management solutions 122

Conclusion 124

Chapter 6 Future outlook for food safety and traceability 126

Summary 126

Introduction 127

Factors influencing future food safety development 128

Legislation 128

Certification schemes and standards 128

Green issues and climate change 129

Demand for healthier foods 130

Managing food allergens 131

Technological developments 131

Automation and robotics 131

Rapid test methods 132

The cost of food safety and traceability 134

Recommendations 137

Developing a food safety framework 138

Glossary 140

Index 143

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