Food safety and food security are interrelated with a profound impact on quality of human life, and there are many external factors that affect both of these areas. Food safety is an umbrella term that encompasses many facets of handling, preparation and storage of food to prevent illness and injury. Access to quality, nutritious food is fundamental to human existence. Secure access to food can produce wide ranging positive impacts, including: Economic growth and job creation. Poverty reduction.
Food safety is an umbrella term that encompasses many facets of handling, preparation and storage of food to prevent illness and injury. Included under the umbrella are chemical, microphysical and microbiological aspects of food safety. A priority of food chemical quality is control of allergens which can be life threatening to some people that are highly sensitive. Other chemical properties of food such as vitamin and mineral content are also important and affect the overall quality of the food but are not as significant in terms of food safety. To prevent injury, the absence of foreign microphysical particles is crucial. Microphysical particles such as glass and metal can be hazardous and cause serious injury to consumers. Pathogenic bacteria, viruses and toxins produced by microorganisms are all possible contaminants of food and impact food safety.
Food security has been defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) as; “Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
The three components of food security—availability (having sufficient quantities of appropriate food available), access (having adequate income or other resources to access food), and utilization/consumption (having adequate dietary intake and the ability to absorb and use nutrients in the body.
Reducing food waste and food loss. …
- Improving infrastructure
- Promoting fair trading practices
- Paying attention to diversification
- Reducing the yield gap
- Combating climate change
- Addressing the indirect causes of food insecurity.
Israeli companies offer unique technologies which is very focused in mitigating the losses in the food security and safety, to mention a few:
Save Foods – Our green solutions are designed to improve the food safety and shelf life of fresh produce. By controlling human and plant pathogens, Save Foods allows growers, packers, and food retailers to reduce their waste and increase their revenues. More food ends up on plates and less ends up in landfills.
Sufresca – Sufresca®’s natural edible coatings extend the impact of lasting freshness by offering a simple solution for a growing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, including those that are challenging to coat, thanks to their innovative technology and fresh outlook.
Greenoy – Greenoy Ltd. specializes in the development and marketing of unique and innovative solutions for the cut flower and fruit industries. Their goal is to provide you with products, solutions and methods that will increase your marketable yield and will allow you to bring to market a better and fresher product.
Bio-Pel – Bio-Pel™ Slow-Release technology is effective to repel Insects, Mite Fungi, Bacteria and Nematodes. The technology is labeled for most vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, greenhouse and field crops, landscape plants, bulbs and flowers.
Manna Center Program for Food Safety and Security – Founded in 2013 with a generous seed-donation from the Manna Foundation, the Manna Center’s Program for Food Safety and Security is the first of its kind in Israel, and works in three complementary spheres of activity: Teaching, Research, and Outreach. Their approach to food security is interdisciplinary. (foodsecurity.tau.ac.il)
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