By 2050, experts project a global population of 9 billion. Increasing food production will not be enough to ensure food security. Production efforts need to be tied to other initiatives, including food safety, to feed this growing population.
Food security and food safety inextricably are tied
Many countries continue to trade internationally to ensure their food security. Net import of cereals from developing countries are estimated to more than double by 2050, and annual meat production should increase by more than 200 million tons to 470 million tons.
Recent developments and trends related to food safety will impact the food sector and its ability to deliver on food security. Currently, major global trends, including climate change, population and aging, urbanization, and wealth are creating food safety challenges, placing new demands on producers, producers, marketers, retailers, and regulators.
The speed and range of product distribution has the capacity to affect public health in many ways, including the introduction of foodborne pathogens and antibiotic resistance. Foodborne illness is a widely underreported public health problem that can start at many links along the food supply chain. This plays an important role in the production cycle, as global distribution means a local incident can become an international event.
New system tools reduce global supply chain risks
Food safety in today’s fragmented global food supply chain requires that food manufacturers shift from reaction and response to prediction and prevention.
Technology, such as Devex PLM and Quality Management System, is available to collect and analyze intelligence in order to identify potential problems and avert recalls. Devex PLM manages all product specifications in a single integrated system, ensuring that all required specifications are processed and up to date with current compliance requirements. Meanwhile, this technology-based system can rapidly and effectively identify recipients of those foods to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.
Devex PLM pinpoints exactly where products are in the development process, tracks ingredient sources, and uses multi-layered formulation for deep visibility into product quality at every stage. It also outputs quality data at each stage of product development, giving enterprises insights they need to make critical decisions.
The solution also provides detailed reporting, enabling manufacturers to integrate and embed processes throughout product development for real-time quality monitoring. Data generated from Devex PLM can drive decisions and improve planning.
Devex contributes to food security
The global food security challenge is clear. By 2050, the world must feed over 9 billion people. Doing so requires the involvement of not only food producers and manufacturers, but distributors, marketers, and even consumers. Fortunately, manufacturers have tools that can help prevent contamination and avoid recalls, which can have a devastating impact on the supply chain.
Through the use of Devex PLM, manufacturers can assure that all products meet current compliance requirement, track ingredient sources to avoid adulteration, and ensure quality at every stage of the product lifecycle.