June 22nd, 2020
|   COMPANY NEWS
The opportunity to strengthen food safety

At the end of the acute phase of the Covid-19 crisis, the World Food Safety Day initiated by the World Health Organization on June 7th resonates particularly this year. This unprecedented health and economic crisis may bring with it opportunities to positively change the food supply chain. 

philippe_sans.png
This crisis shows first of all the vital importance for humanity to meet food security needs. Given that the Executive Director of the World Food Programme has estimated that the number of people at risk of famine could double to 130 million by the end of 2020, we clearly understand that food is one of the most crucial sectors worldwide. The experience of containment and shutdown of a large part of activities justifies the opening of a reflection on the reliability of supplies of raw materials, consumables or strategic services such as transport, taking into account the location and resilience of suppliers to face a major health crisis.

Indeed, this crisis has disturbed and is still disturbing the organisation of many companies throughout the food chain and we are seeing major changes in consumer expectations. Emphasis is placed in particular on sustainability, preference for local suppliers, increased hygiene awareness and an acceleration of digitalisation in exchanges and flows. Product reliability is also an increasingly important expectation for consumers. While crises often lead to an increase in fraud and malicious acts, new measures have been put in place to deal with Covid-19, which can be usefully integrated into existing security systems.

A global apprehension of an increased food safety therefore requires an adaptation of the food sector throughout the value chain, from raw materials to transport including processing and packaging. For this reason, it is desirable to strengthen quality systems throughout the food chain via sustainable rules and behaviours to ensure even better safety and quality.

Finally, this crisis has strengthened consumers' desire to consume local products that respect the environment and ecosystems (food sustainability). This emerging subject is going to become a major challenge for the food industry and large-scale retail.

And that’s a good thing, this health crisis could contribute to the massive development of a real safety culture in its three dimensions (security, safety and sustainability). This will lead to increased confidence among consumers, partners and competent authorities, which, combined with responsible behaviour in regards with environmental challenges, will strengthen companies throughout the food chain. In a few months' time, we will hopefully be able to consider that the violence of this crisis will have made it possible to achieve sustainable progress.

Philippe Sans

 

Published in June 20, 2020 on L'Usine Nouvelle
Mérieux NutriSciences China

Hotline: 400-645-8088
E-mail: sales.china@mxns.cn


Lab(Shanghai)
No.3, 3576 Zhaolou Road, Pujiang Town, Minhang District, Shanghai, P.R.C.
Phone: +86 (21) 6496 7600


Lab (Beijing)
Room 32013, 32015 Zhongtai Tower, Shuangqing Road No.3, Haidian District, Beijing, P.R.C.
Phone: +86 (10) 8279 6441 / 6442


Lab (Qingdao)
No. 63, Shanghe Road, Qingdao, P.R.C.
Phone: +86 (532) 8381 6633


Lab (Ningbo)
C7 Buliding, No. 299 Guanghua RD, High-Tech Park, Ningbo, P.R.C.
Phone. +86 (574) 2886 0788


Lab (Chengdu)
No.1, Building B1, Jingkai Technology Incubator Park, 1666 Chenglong Avenue, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, P.R.C.
Phone. +86 (28) 8789 6611


Da Lian Office
Room B302, Crystal SOHO, 16 Harbin Road, Jinpu New District, Dalian, P.R.C.
Phone. 1884 2605 953


Guang Zhou Office
5F, 1 Linhe West Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, P.R.C.
Phone. 1317 8856 551


Xi'An Office
Room 11617, Unit 1, Jinpin Exhibition World City, 101 Chang 'an South Road, Yanta District, Xi'an, P.R.C.
Phone. 1398 0508 250

Latest News
July 13th, 2020
New method/service
The food industry, in general, is important in any country, not only providing food to the public but contributing to the economy. All organisations throughout the s...
July 7th, 2020
Conducting a clinical study requires several steps and tools. Based on the scientific & biological question a promoter needs to address, he has to design the study, define the number of v...