On June 7th, The United Nations (UN) and World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrated the annual ‘World Health Day’ campaign, with a theme of ‘Food standards save lives’ for its 2023’s event.

With the heightened hygiene practices of post-pandemic life, as well as escalating public interest in supply chain challenges – the theme is appropriate.

The inextricable link between the health of people, animals, plants, the environment, global economies – and the food we produce and consume – is irrefutable.

While climate-related issues and labour concerns remain crucial global interests, the importance of food standards and safety cannot be overlooked.


Key Food Safety Facts

  • More than 200 diseases are food-borne, including Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria – causing illnesses 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 food-borne disease burden, with an estimated 125,000 deaths every year.
  • The annual cost of treating food-borne illnesses is estimated to be $110 billion in low and middle-income countries, 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?


Managing Foodborne Risks: Enhance Prevention with Supplier Mapping

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

By mapping finished goods and raw materials sourced from both direct and indirect suppliers, companies can precisely identify suppliers based on product categories and country of origin. This strategic approach empowers businesses to prioritise preventative actions, effectively mitigating potential risks

Outbreak instances such as Salmonella and Avian Flu highlight the importance of ongoing proactive safety measures within the food industry.

Authenticate allows users to pinpoint suppliers by product category and country of origin, to access actionable insights which inform preventative strategy and, in turn, mitigate risk.

Monitor antibiotic usage in supply chains

The overuse and misapplication of antibiotics (in both human medicine and livestock) has been scientifically linked to the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

This not only poses a serious threat to animal welfare but also exacerbates the challenge of treating individuals afflicted by foodborne illnesses.

Authenticate’s innovative approach focuses on implementing comprehensive metrics across supplier tiers.

Through our KPI solution, businesses can seamlessly aggregate performance data at specified intervals. This framework facilitates the monitoring of antibiotic usage from the source – bolstering the collective effort to combat this pressing global concern.


Global Supplier Networks – At Your Fingertips

In an age of globalisation, the surge in consumer demands for diverse foods has led to intricate supply chains with heightened risk factors. As food products pass through numerous hands and cross international borders, these complexities only grow.

Our cutting-edge mapping software transforms supply chains through digitalisation. With multi-user accessibility worldwide, valuable insights are just a login away.
Access supplier contacts, product specifications, risk evaluations, and much more – Authenticate streamlines operations, reduces costs, and simplifies transparency.

Our global reach is substantial, with 35,000+ companies across 110 countries already using our platform to map supply chains, mitigate risks, and identify untapped business opportunities.

Enhance Welfare and Transparency with Digital Audits

Stories of animal welfare and labour abuse – buried deep within opaque supply chains – hit our headlines daily; with food safety issues often arising as a result.

Using our digital audit solution, businesses can request critical information concerning animal welfare and working practices – to create custom risk scores which benchmark suppliers and identify potential risks.

By translating real-time supply chain data into actionable insight in the form of interactive dashboards, businesses can harness invaluable information to make informed decisions to educate or change suppliers, whilst boosting ethical impact.

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

For more information on how food safety can save lives, 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.