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Co-(act & create) an ecosystem for food safety resilience

Envision to create safer food for better health with food safety assessment

Foodborne illnesses are major concerns impacting the health of people around the world. It is, therefore, essential to ensure the food stays safe at every step of the food chain, from production to consumption. This is one of the major challenges faced worldwide today due to many complexities in the modern-day food chain. 

Celebrated on June 7 every year, World Food Safety Day aims to spread awareness, detect and prevent foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. 

WHO and the FAO of the United Nations have estimated that approximately 600 million people become ill, with 420,000 cases resulting in death every year due to consuming contaminated food. Children under five years of age carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden, with 1,25,000 deaths every year. This calls for key actionable, such as 

1. Grow it safe
2. Keep it safe
3. Know what’s safe (educate the team) &
4. Collaborate for food safety 

There is an increased need for global collaboration to work towards safe and healthy food for all in the changing times.

We need to address sustainability-related challenges in the field of food production, such as:

  • Food production is responsible for up to 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions contributing to global warming. 
  • Global food waste accounts for 6.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, directly leading to climate change. 

In India, FSSAI is very active in promoting food safety; many initiatives of FSSAI in the direction of food safety are listed below, where DNV SCPA division plays an active role. 

• Clean Street Food Hubs
• Eat Right Awards for campuses, railway stations, corporate
• Mandatory food safety audits on behalf of FSSAI 

World Economic Forum in 2015 stated that the supply chain is one of the most significant contributors to food safety concerns. Food safety is a shared responsibility as it relies on the efforts of everyone involved in the food chain (agricultural production, processing, transport, food production and consumption). Food producers throughout the supply chain are obliged to operate effective food safety management systems, such as HACCP, good manufacturing practice (GMP) or good agricultural practice (GAP).  

Supply chain vulnerabilities are one of the major contributors to food safety risks. Longer supply chains increase transport times, risk of damage, overall quality deterioration or even loss of goods in transit. Considerable efforts are needed to trace products throughout these complex supply chains effectively. Large supply chain organizations contribute to food safety risks and which raise concerns. 

DNV SCPA business area offers solutions for the supply chain, including supplier audits, advisory programs, and customised trainings.  This year’s “World Food Safety Day” brings us an opportunity to rethink how we can play an active role in strengthening the cause of food safety and consumer safety? We all have a role to play in strengthening this cause. DNV believes that all key stakeholders' collaboration is vital in achieving this.

Reach us to know how DNV can help you.

07/06/2022 10:29:54 am

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Purushottam Bhat

Purushottam Bhat

Head F&B - India Subcontinent

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