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One of the biggest challenges facing modern society is the escalated pressure on the food industry to safely meet ever-growing demands. The global population is set to grow to 9.1 billion by 2050 and the parallel trend towards urbanisation marches on unabated. Put together, these facts mean we are going to see a continuing and increasing need for safe, high-quality foodstuffs that must meet changing tastes and expectations of a rising population.

As a result, the global food supply chain is becoming increasingly stretched and complex, introducing new and additional burdens of risk that – if not managed properly – can cause food safety systems to collapse. Every year, pests cause significant damage to the food industry; the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) estimated £11.8 billion in lost revenue due to pest incidences alone, not taking into account the magnitude of legal, social and operational consequences which follow.a pest infestation.

As part of our commitment to advancing food safety, we look at what food businesses can do in response to emerging risks which can have significant impact on communities, health systems, business revenue, and reputation.

Before COVID-19, the food industry had a multitude of challenges: an ever-increasing complex supply chain, stringent legislation and rising standards for compliance and audits, political and environmental upheavals in parts of the world (Brexit, climate change)

Stored product insects (SPIs) are the most costly pests to food businesses and destroy or contaminate a significant proportion of the world’s food supplies. Even in a developed country such as the US, SPIs damage up

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Stored product insects (SPIs) are the most costly pests to food businesses and destroy or contaminate a significant proportion of the world’s food supplies.

Recent reports about rodents sold for food in markets and restaurants in Southeast Asia being infected with coronaviruses may have heightened concern about rodents transmitting the virus.

The increasing globalisation and complexity of food supply chains has made it more vital than ever to develop new tools for maintaining and monitoring food safety.

As the Internet of Things (IoT) gets underway, previously ‘dumb’ devices (irons, dumbbells, cups – yes, really) are becoming digitally intelligent.

Being one of the last key points in the food supply chain, it is important for food producer and retailers such as supermarkets and grocery stores to ensure food safety is met

Every food business is required to follow the legal requirements for food safety. Supermarkets, grocery stores and other businesses in the food retail sector are no exceptions.

The Internet of Things is transforming the way we interact with the world. It connects a wide range of sensors and devices, collects and stores the data they generate for analysis, and provides new insights into the world around us.

New applications using IoT technologies are constantly showing promise for improving food safety in food processing facilities.

Businesses in the food retail sector such as supermarkets and grocery stores face threats from pests from multiple sources.

The food processing industry is a mature sector which is experiencing a turbulent period due to the growing global demands for food safety, increasing food insecurity and consumer demand for higher quality and sustainability.

Legislation concerning pest control for food safety is generally found in several distinct areas, including various aspects of food safety itself, but also relates to environment and pesticides, health and safety, wildlife, agriculture and cruelty to animals.

The food processing industry has the prime responsibility for food safety by ensuring the materials and products supplied to them, as well as their produces and processes, are safe for the consumer.

In the digital age of the Internet of Things (IoT), technology and data management can potentially deliver greater efficiency, process management and improvements in food safety across the global food supply chain.

Over the next few years, the pressure to deliver the global requirement for food will intensify. Mounting demand will burden all within the food supply chain to increase production volumes, reduce wastage and shorten the timeframe for delivery.

There are many factors in food processing which businesses need to consider when ensuring food safety for consumers.

Pest infestations cost time and money, damaging stock, disrupting operations and posing major threats to health, safety and sanitary compliance.

We need to find new ways to manage food safety — and the evidence to support this is increasing at a rapid rate.

There are some alarming stats out there on the impact of pests on business.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects or ‘things’ embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity to enable the network to achieve greater value and service by exchanging and/or collecting data.

The global food trade has enormous impact on both the health of populations and the economies of nations. Around 600 million people become ill and 420,000 die each year from food-borne diseases, according to WHO.

Currently, the global population is expected to reach 8.6bn by 2030. By 2050, it’s been predicted that we’re going to need a 70% increase in calories to feed that population.

Pests have a huge impact on food businesses. In the hospitality sector, they can potentially come into contact with surfaces, ingredients or storage areas and spread pathogens.

Hand hygiene is one of the important elements of any food safety programme. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 80% of foodborne illness cases are still linked to poor hand hygiene.

The food industry is facing increasing pressure from consumers and regulators to improve food safety.

This year, Nice played host to the 18th edition of the annual GFSI conference – one of the world’s biggest, annual, global food safety events, of which Rentokil Initial were Diamond Sponsors.

In August 2018, the leading brand and consumer protection organisation, BRCGS published Issue 8 of its internationally recognised Global Standard for Food Safety.

The food processing sector is under increasing pressure to ensure the products they produce are safe and free from food-related illnesses.

In recent years, there has been a progressive push towards the sustainable use of pesticides to prevent overuse and pest resistance.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011 to protect US consumers from food safety risks by shifting the focus from responding to risks to more active prevention.

Stored product insects are major pests in the food industry. Many species of beetle, weevil, moths and mites have evolved to feed on natural products such as seeds, grains, nuts, dried starchy products, wool and leather.

Most of us have experienced a number of insect pests that are attracted to our food, whether at home or eating out, in pubs, restaurants or picnics. Insect pests such as flies, wasps and cockroaches are relatively easy to spot due to their size.

In recent years food fraud has become much more of an issue for consumers, thanks to viral news articles and social media. But in fact, it has actually existed since 1784, according to an article in Food Quality and Safety.

Flies are a well-known risk for spreading diseases and spoilage organisms in the food, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

Rats and other species of rodents can have a devastating impact on businesses, particularly those operating within the food industry.

Food product recalls are a major threat to food businesses. They result in disruption to operations while managing the recall, direct cost of recalling stock, the associated activities and indirect costs caused by the knock-on effects, mainly reputational damage.

According to the consulting firm McKinsey, the economic impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) could reach USD$11.1 trillion by 2025.

For businesses, particularly those operating within the food processing industry, flies can be a big concern. These insects are known to spread over 200 different pathogens.

Houseflies can be a huge threat to businesses, especially those operating within the food industry. Compared to other pests such as rodents and cockroaches, flies are responsible for causing the highest number of staff illnesses. But why is this?

For businesses handling food, adhering to necessary food safety regulations and standards is imperative to help ensure the food and beverage products produced are safe to eat and free from foodborne illnesses such as Salmonella and E.coli.

In recent years, much has been written about the Internet of Things and its potential to revolutionise the way businesses and public services operate.

Food is so easily available these days we take it for granted. We expect, without much consideration, that the food we buy in supermarkets and corner shops is safe to eat.

Stored product insects (SPIs), are a physical risk to businesses which operate within the food industry such as food processors companies. They can also be found amongst the textile industry.

World food trade is valued to be around $300-400 billion, according to FAO. With the demand for food rising to meet the ever growing world population, food safety is becoming, even more, important.

For the food industry, product recalls are a major threat. It is estimated that it costs around $10m in direct costs to recall a product.