Food safety in the times of coronavirus and beyond

Food safety in the times of coronavirus and beyond

With food safety emerging globally as a highly traded commodity, several nations around the world have become melting pots of society, adding to the growing interconnections of the global food network and supply chain complexities. Through the long-winded food supply chains knowledge asymmetry occurs between the customers and the food they buy. This puts customers at a significant disadvantage in determining the price and health of imported products.

Food safety during coronavirus

Concurrent with the globalization of global food exchange, the world’s population has been increasingly susceptible to disease outbreaks triggered by infected food and the possibility of infection. These threats, which directly influence our health and well-being. They may come from agents and sources like, among others, microbial infections, disease-causing bacteria, residues of pesticides, food additives, growth hormones, zoonotic diseases , environmental pollutants, etc.

History is full of alarming incidents of food-borne diseases or transmissible animal diseases. Diseases are attributed to pathogens or deadly viruses that emerge from human contact with live animals. This include: Asian flu in 1957-58 from a mutation in wild ducks resulting in no fewer than 1.1 million deaths. H5N1 bird flu in 1997 from Chinese geese with at least 455 deaths, SARS in 2002-03 from wild animals (maybe bats, civet cats) with at least 774 deaths, and H7N9 bird flu from live chicken market poultry in 2013 resulting in about 610 deaths.

For this cause, food safety issues regarding food imports have far-reaching consequences. Like reducing demand for such imported food items, shifting foreign food trading trends and limiting consumer access.

This stresses that recently, when the epidemic of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19. It related to a wet market in Wuhan, Everyone could observe the horrific form of food health in China. As a result, the world is being indefatigably supine. The agri-food industry faces the critical global task of ensuring the health of food products. Whether they sell it globally or domestically. Global people remain troubled with several concerns surrounding, inter Alia. The health of food products transported from different parts of the world. Or whether the product or drug packaging could have a possible connection with COVID-19 transmission.

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