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Food production continues to innovate, but how can we know it’s safe?

By Kate Bell, Recall Consultant

As the world’s population continues to expand – it’s expected to reach 9 billion by 2040 – the sourcing of food to sustain a planet’s worth of people becomes a growing concern. When you combine this with a growing proportion of the world eating meat-based diets and climate change, what is the future of our food?

One of the primary concerns is where we are going to get our protein. It’s vital for our health, but current production methods are placing a strain on both the planet, and our bodies.

With this in mind, retailers are introducing scores of new, alternative foods to the marketplace, opting for brands that use innovative production techniques and look further afield for ingredients.

One example of this is UK supermarket Sainsbury’s. At the end of 2018, the retailer launched its £1.50 edible insects line. Positioned as ‘the future of food’, shoppers are able to pick up a packet of ‘Eat Grub’ smoky BBQ crunchy roasted crickets in the crisp aisle.

However, the problem with insects is perception. They’re one of the least palatable developments in alternative protein sources, even though around 2bn people consume them across the world. They’re cheaper, greener and easier to cultivate that traditional protein sources and contain up to 80% protein.

It’s about doing more with less, looking for sustainable alternatives and harnessing technology to efficiently produce new sources of protein.

But on the flipside, does entering this new frontier of food development carry risks – and ones which, at the moment, are largely unknown? With more innovations likely to follow, and rapidly, how safe are we really?

Advances in technology breaks down borders and paves the way for glocalisation. The world is shrinking yet the supply chain is growing.

For manufacturers operating across borders, when it comes to recalls, there exists no standardised processes – strategies and regulations vary across countries

It’s vital that new production and sourcing methods are gone through with a fine tooth comb, and having a robust plan for dealing with any issues that may arise is crucial. This is difficult when it’s an area with minimal research, and where existing recall strategies may not apply. This is where consulting people with the right expertise has an important role to play for the safety of consumers and for your company or product.

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