Weekly News Scan – June 7th, 2021

WHO and FAO Stress Role Of Science and Technology in Food Safety Efforts

Food Safety News reports on a webinar earlier this week that “highlighted the role of science in keeping food safe while stressing the importance of technology.” WHO Director, General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed that “Nobody should die from eating food. These are preventable deaths. When food safety is improved we reduce hunger, malnutrition and infant mortality. Children miss fewer days at school, adults increase their productivity, and the strain on health systems is reduced.” 

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Pandemic Forced Food Companies to Assess Agility, Focus on Data

According to Food Safety Tech, “The companies that survived and even thrived during the crisis were swift to adjust their business processes.” McDonald’s Corp was among many companies that shifted their focus to “use of analytical data, and consumer perception.”

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Automated Coding and Labelling Helps Improve This California Rice Product Manufacturer’s Process

Food Engineering shares how “Farmers’ Rice Cooperative implemented AutoCoding Systems’ coding and packaging verification solution to its ERP system, which helped meet operational goals.” One main concern when choosing a partner was “that would be willing to work on unique customizations as well as a solution that would integrate into their existing ERP.”

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WHO Develops Handbook to Help Countries Assess Impact of Foodborne Illness

Food Safety Magazine discusses the new handbook that WHO developed for “countries to measure their foodborne disease burden.” This was designed to help nations identify food safety system needs and data gaps so they can strengthen national infrastructure and better protect public health.”

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