State of food safety today, an interview with Dr Ron Wacker
The globalisation of food chains and suppliers has increased the challenges of producing food products that are safe to consume, as well as the potential dangers from local food contaminants spreading around the world. Today, food safety is truly a global concern. Dr Ron Wacker recently spoke with Food & Health E-ssentials about how the globalisation of the food industry has increased the complexity of ensuring food safety, and TÜV SÜD’s central role in food safety testing and certification programs.
As the demand for seafood continues to expand, however, so too are concerns about the quality and safety of the seafood that makes its way through global supply chains to retailers and restaurateurs. Especially in emerging economies, seafood harvesting and processing practices may not always meet the quality and hygienic standards necessary to ensure the safety of seafood and seafood products.
Testing for cosmetic products in the global marketplace
According to global market research firm IBISWorld, cosmetics and personal care products represent a huge global industry, generating nearly $250 billion in annual retail sales worldwide and employing nearly half a million workers. While the annual global market growth of cosmetics has averaged about 3 percent during the period from 2008-2013, economic data indicates that new and emerging markets are growing more rapidly as consumers in these countries embrace the use of cosmetic products.
In most hotels, restaurants and catering operations, automatic dishwashers are widely used to quickly clean and sanitise plating and utensils used in food preparation and presentation. As such, dishwashing equipment represents a critical control point in most HACCP plans and in the overall effort to maintain hygienic conditions in food preparation areas.
China adopts more rigorous food safety regulations
In the wake of a number of highly-publicised food safety scandals in recent years, the Chinese government is slated to implement broader and more stringent food safety requirements before the end of 2015.
U.S. FDA slated to release new nutrition facts label regulations
In an effort to ensure that its nutritional label regulations reflect current knowledge on the links between nutrition and human health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slated to publish new labelling requirements for food products and dietary supplements sold in the U.S.