New Categorization System For Food Scares

When it comes to the food industry, it’s definitely a global market nowadays!

Your fish could’ve been caught in open sea, but filleted in China. Then frozen and sent to cold stores in South Korea and from there sold and distributed to factories around the world. These complex supply chains can make it hard to trace the food as it hits the grocery store, experts say this can limit accountability when trying to pinpoint the origins of a food scare.

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In order to tackle this, researchers at the University of Surrey collaborated with industry experts to develop a new categorization system to help keep what we eat safe.

This new system categorizes food scares by type such as chemical, physical or biological contamination. As well as cause, such as willful deception, like bio-terrorism or transparency issues; including loopholes in labeling by pointing out where and how food scares overlap.

Researchers hope this system can aid in the creation of stronger food scare prevention strategies in the future.

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