It seems like the technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin shouldn’t be related to leafy greens, but the FDA says otherwise. At the beginning of February, the agency introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act Proposed Rule for Food Traceability to more rapidly and effectively help identify the recipients of certain foods. The proposal is part of the agency’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint.
Food-borne illnesses can be deadly. Yet when people hear about a food recall — even for something serious like E.coli — they usually determine whether or not they recently purchased that item and move on, not stopping to consider what the situation implies about the U.S. food supply chain. Food industry executives are, of course, keenly aware that these events are more frequent than desired, and that the process to track contamination sources and mitigate these crises is more manual than most realize.
While you may have been lucky enough to avoid purchasing contaminated grocery items, food recalls happen every day. Whether the product contains undeclared allergens or is contaminated with harmful bacteria, it's important to know if the food in your fridge poses a threat to your health. To alert people about recalled items, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps track of every released food safety issue.
From the supplier shipping their products to the restaurant receiving produce to the customer ordering a meal, blockchain revolutionizes how transparency, quality and loyalty in the industry are delivered. When the word “technology” comes to mind, most people immediately don’t think about restaurants, but recently, a variety of restaurants have adopted blockchain technology for at least five purposes:
Food Deserts: Jim Mason of Farm to Plate On How They Are Helping To Address The Problem of People Having Limited Access to Healthy & Affordable Food Options
In many parts of the United States, there is a crisis caused by people having limited access to healthy and affordable food options. This, in turn, is creating a host of health and social problems. What exactly is a food desert? What causes it? What are the secondary and tertiary problems that are created by this issue? How can this problem be solved? Who are the leaders helping to address this crisis?
Today, one of the biggest problems the food supply chain faces is “a lack of visibility.” A tremendous amount of uncertainty has been introduced because sellers and buyers cannot usually see precisely where food is in its long journey from the farm to retailers or the groceries. Sellers without visibility do not have an immediate sense of when demand is spiking or dropping or when competitive brands may be entering the marketplace, so they often have to make decisions based on partial information.
Of all industries subjected to shocks from the global pandemic, few were shaken as severely as the food sector. Farms destroyed millions of pounds of fresh goods they could no longer sell, while meat plants fought to stay open as ailing workers stayed home. Grocery demand shot up, food service businesses plummeted, and logistical flexibility under immense pressure was the only route to survival. As they often do, extraordinary circumstances forced the adoption of methods and technology to respond to the moment. Now, there’s an opportunity to build upon that knowledge to improve food supply chain logistics and planning with a future-proofing mindset.
Sixty percent of global consumers cite sustainability and social responsibility as essential considerations when choosing which products to buy. They look to their preferred food brands to make the best decisions, but are those companies looking out for their consumers’ best interest? The answer varies from company to company.Visibility is crucial to the supply chains of food brands. Consumers need to be able to engage them about what they do, how they do it, and why they make the decisions that they do.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was enforced by European Union (EU) on 25 May 2018 with the main purpose of giving full rights to a person to whom the data belongs to. These rights include right to access, right to rectification, right to erasure, right to restriction of processing, right to be informed, right to data portability, and right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing including profiling.
The promise of new technologies like blockchain—applied to such an essential aspect of daily life as the food supply—is both exciting and a good reason to look to the future with hope.Earth Day is the perfect occasion to evaluate where we stand with the environment and what can realistically be done to improve the status quo. One of the biggest challenges is changing the consumption patterns in developed economies, especially in that most basic category of consumables — food.