Can the food industry be a predictive model and provide vision to the economical recovery from the Corona pandemic in the US and the world

The food industry found itself in a unique dire situation when the corona epidemic took place and spread globally. Like any other industry, its workers have been exposed to the virus, consequentially changing the manufacturing dynamics of food production and supply.  Unlike many other industries, the food industry did not have the “luxury” of closing the plants, let its workers go home and pause operations, even temporarily.  Out of necessity operations have been continued, and it seems that food supplies have not been changed dramatically, at least in the US.  While this situation can be negatively altered in the future,...


Use of Technology in ensuring food safety

  In today’s world, the consumers are eager to know about the food they eat, such as what ingredients are used and how they are prepared in addition to the basic nutrition and taste aspects. The implementation of Food Safety Management System helps any organization that is involved in the food chain to produce and distribute the safe food. Technological tools such as sensors, digital auditing tools, and mobile application or solutions are discussed.


Coronavirus and its impact on food safety and food supply

The Coronavirus outbreak called COVID19 killed over 2,000 people (all but 6, in China) and had infected more than 75,000 people. COVID19 is not transmitted through food; the virus needs a host (animal or human) to grow. The most impact of the Coronavirus on food supply and safety is obviously in China with the food sector hit the hardest.  China’s factory output, consumer spending, tourism, and commodity prices have seen significant drops. Closed factories and involuntarily idled workers have reduced production and limited product supplies. Restrictions on moving livestock have paralyzed the supply chains of poultry and eggs, leaving farmers...


Continual Underfunding of Food Research Puts the Food System at Risk, Says IFT

The Institute of Food Technology (IFT) published a white about the underfunding of food safety and its consequences. Food research in the US is Food research in the United States is constantly underfunded. Following years of stagnant public funding, Food Science research faces growing and urgent challenges.   This white paper explains that relative to its economic contribution, the funding is disproportionately small. Agriculture and food (AgriFood) is the 3rd largest contributor to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). In 2018, U.S. AgriFood contributed $5.08 trillion (24.8%) of Combined GDP. It also accounted for 22.8 million jobs (14.2%), with Food...