Infiniti Research, a market intelligence solutions provider, has published a list of the top food safety trends for 2018. Interestingly, this London, England-based company listed the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) first.
- Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). After the eruption of many foodborne diseases, the FDA brought enormous change to its regulations. In 2016, FDA released its reorganized strategy for the application and training of FSMA. The strategy sketches foundational rules with Preventative Controls for Human and Animal Food, Produce Safety, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.
- Changing dining trends. Eating out has become an obvious dining trend, which has become even more popular in the last few years. It also brings about new challenges as restaurants have to serve more customers and have to fight it out for acquiring fresh supplies seven days a week. Upholding food safety while balancing the cost factor and procurement of fresh foods is absolutely a challenging task. Companies are turning towards automation to challenge this issue.
- Supply chain traceability. After many food scandals like the horsemeat scandal, customers are demanding a high level of discoverability on what they eat. Consumers are always on the watch for healthy, fresh, and locally obtained food and ingredients. In order to make food supply chain traceability a possibility, many food firms are looking toward blockchain technology to offer an easy answer. Blockchain technology can trace a finished product back to the origin with comfort, which cannot be interfered. As a result, food suppliers can build trust towards their brand amongst the consumers.
- Demand for natural and organic food. The obsession with leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t look to stop anytime soon. Consumers are demanding organic and natural food, and the demand is expected to grow at a rate of 16%, annually. As a result, start-ups are entering this market at an unprecedented rate. They are also bringing in food without artificial preservatives, colors, and dyes. However, the safety of these products can be dubious and so is its shelf life. Suppliers will need to avoid potential consumer health issues and void costly recalls.
- Increasing digitization. Kitchens today still rely on conventional pen and paper-based systems that are inefficient, prone to human errors, and are time-consuming. Additionally, such records are easier to forge and falsify. New technologies such as IoT based sensors, digital checklists, and automated monitoring will soon replace this traditional system all over the world. Businesses will be able to control every aspect of routine tasks and compliance management with ease and increase their overall efficiency.
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