Weekly News Scan – November 30, 2020

A Blog Series: The Digital Transformation of Food Safety

Part four: Learning from Other Industries, we will take a brief look at the healthcare industry – and what is likely the most far-reaching and recent digital transformations we have experienced, and in many ways this transformation is still happening today.

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Researchers Look at Listeria Risks in Food Distribution Centers

Food Safety News reports “the Center for Produce Safety awarded more than $300,000 to a research project that is examining the risk of contamination in distribution center environments by surveying managers and collecting testing samples at their facilities, focusing on potentially high-risk areas, practices and equipment.”

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According to Food Engineering, “when moisture levels in the air, room temperature or airflow aren’t consistent, many products can suffer.” If “products fail to meet quality standards more than you would like, it might be time to look at a potential source of the problem that isn’t always obvious: the environment surrounding the food.”

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SARS-CoV-2 and the Risk to Food Safety

Food Safety Magazine discusses “the possibility of transmission via food and food packaging, and whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus poses a risk to food safety.” However “The overall consensus is that currently, there is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is a food safety risk. Therefore, from a hazard-risk perspective, the overall potential risk of acquiring SARS-CoV-2 from contaminated food or food packaging appears to be very low.” 

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