The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 7th June ‘World Food Safety Day’ back in 2018. With the purpose of drawing attention and mobilising action to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, this year’s theme ‘Safer food, better health’  seems very apt, especially in the context of the pandemic aftermath and ongoing supply chain challenges.

The inextricable link between the health of people, animals, plants, environment and economies and the food produced and consumed is clear. At a time when climate change and labour abuses stay at the top of global, business and consumer agendas, food safety should also remain a priority.

Before we outline how supply chain transparency and management technology can help businesses to ensure safe food supply chains and prevent potential risk, we wanted to highlight some startling statistics on the topic.

Key food safety facts

  • More than 200 diseases are spread through food including Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria – causing illness ranging from diarrhoea to cancers
  • 1 in 10 people fall ill every year by eating contaminated food, leading to 420,000 deaths each year
  • Children under 5 years old carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden, causing 125,000 deaths every year
  • The annual cost of treating foodborne illnesses is estimated to be $15billion according to a 2018 World Bank Report

So, how can the Authenticate supply chain transparency platform help businesses keep food safe to protect people, the planet and brand reputation?

Manage outbreak incidents through the tiers with mapping

Foodborne disease outbreaks can be common, with certain product categories including uncooked foods of animal origin and raw seafood at higher risk.

Taking Salmonella and Avian Flu outbreaks as an example, by mapping finished goods and raw material produced by direct and indirect suppliers, businesses can use the Authenticate platform to pinpoint suppliers by product category and country of origin to prioritise preventative measures and in turn, mitigate risk.

Monitor antibiotic usage in supply chains

The overuse and misuse of antibiotics and human medicine has been proven to contribute to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, wreaking havoc from an animal welfare perspective and when trying to treat patients suffering with foodborne illnesses.

By establishing clear metrics for suppliers through the tiers, our KPI solution enables businesses to collate performance at custom, defined intervals to monitor antibiotic usage, all the way back to source.

See complex, global supplier networks at your fingertips

Globalisation has undoubtedly triggered growing consumer demand for a wider variety of foods, creating increasingly complex supply chains and heightened risk as food products travel through many hands and country borders.

By digitising supply chains using our mapping software, multiple users can login from anywhere in the world to access the information that matters – from supplier contact details, product specifications, risk scores and so much more, to drive cost and time efficiencies whilst providing full visibility.

Authenticate is truly global already, with over 35,000 companies from 110 countries using the platform to map supply chains, manage risk and uncover previously unseen opportunities.

Improve welfare with digital audits

Animal welfare and labour abuses, buried in deep, opaque supply chains hit the headlines daily, with food safety issues often arising as a result.

Using our digital audits solution, businesses can request critical information concerning animal welfare and working practices and create custom risk scores to benchmark suppliers and identify risk. By translating real-time supply chain data into actionable insight in the form of interactive dashboards, businesses can harness the information generated to make informed decisions to educate or change suppliers, whilst improving ethical impact.

To discuss how the Authenticate platform could help your business to achieve full supply chain transparency to improve food safety practices and protect brand reputation, people and animals in its supply chains, get in touch with the team.

For more information on food safety, visit the WHO World Food Safety Day webpage for guides, videos and other useful resources.

For more information on the Authenticate platform or to discuss your challenges and requirements, get in touch with the team.