Food Safety and the involvement of the entire supply chain

Next June 7 is the World Food Safety Day (WFSD), an unmissable event that has been celebrated over the last two years, and this year it is even more important, in  the wake of the health crisis that we are now experiencing. The United Nations pronounced this date as a magnificent opportunity to help prevent, detect and manage food-borne risks, contributing to food safety and human health.

We must all be aware of the importance of Food Safety, from governments to food producers and consumers. An entire value chain that has remained unaffected by the coronavirus. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) acknowledges that there is currently no evidence that food is a likely source or route for transmission of the virus. According to Marta Hugas, chief scientist at EFSA, “experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as the coronavirus causing severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) or the coronavirus causing the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV), show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. There is currently no evidence to suggest that this novel coronavirus is any different in that regard.” Scientists and authorities around the world are monitoring the spread of the virus and no cases of foodborne transmission have been reported. This is why EFSA has not been involved in the response to the COVID-19 outbreaks.

What is Food Safety? What are the risks and solutions? And what are the responsibilities of the entire supply chain? Read more about it here.