Each week, we’re scouring the headlines for the stories and trends changing the food safety landscape.
In this week’s round-up: How to eat and drink safely when severe weather hits; IBM and major food distributors partner to develop blockchain solutions; and highlights from FDA and USDA Q2 recall report.
Food Safety during extreme weather no small feat – know the rules to stay safe
It’s tough to prepare for a severe weather event, and it’s even tougher to eat safely during flood incidents or power outages. The food industry is not immune to the effects of devastating events like Hurricane Harvey. Food Safety News offers tips to prepare for extreme weather and to keep food safe during emergencies.
“Hurricanes present the possibility of power outages and flooding that can compromise the safety of stored food.“
Our thoughts are with the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
IBM and major players like Dole, Tyson, Unilever use technology to solve supply concerns.
IBM has partnered with 10 major food suppliers to implement blockchain technology in the distribution processes. The focus will be on tracking food through the supply chain – from farm to table. Blockchain provides accurate and fixed data points for every step in the supply chain. Suppliers hope to be able to use it to identify the source of problems much earlier than is currently possible. This is especially important for food safety: “According to IBM, each year one-in-10 people fall ill from contaminated food, and about 400,000 die.” The partners expect to stop problems more quickly, and with less food waste.
Bacterial contamination, undeclared allergens lead FDA, USDA recalls in Q2
USDA and FDA recall reports for Q2 have been evaluated by Stericycle Expert Solutions and present interesting findings. For the first time in 3 consecutive quarters, less than 200 FDA regulated products were recalled. However, the USDA, which measures recalls in pounds rather than units, reported an increase of 307 percent. This included a combined 10 million pounds of recalled poultry, meat, and egg product.Undeclared milk (a common allergen) was the cause of 80.9% of the foods recalled by the USDA. For those under the FDA’s jurisdiction, bacterial contamination was the leading cause of recalls.
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