Crickets, Pot, and Pigs! Oh My! A View of 2022…

 

By Scott Haskell, Michigan State University

via SwineWeb - January 12, 2022

 

There has never been a time in history with as much going on in food safety and food law. Scott Haskell lists over 20 issues that industry and regulators need to look out for in 2022. How many of these directly relate to your organization?

 

Each year it is estimated that in the United States more than 33 million people become ill as a direct result of foodborne disease. Of this number, more than 9,000 people die. The cost in medical bills, insurance claims and lost wages ranges from between US$7.7 and US$23 billion a year. In 2018 the World Bank reported on the economic burden of the foodborne diseases. They reported that the total loss of productivity associated with foodborne infections in low- and middle-income nations was estimated to cost US$95.2 billion per year! They also note that the annual cost of treating global foodborne illnesses is estimated at US$15 billion. This is a substantial global issue for society to deal with.

 

The year 2022 is just dawning on us and food safety issues are everywhere within our industry. New challenges to food safety will continue to emerge due to:

 

·         “Changes in our food production and supply, including more imported foods.

·         Changes in the environment leading to food contamination.

·         Better detection of multistate foodborne outbreaks.

·         New and emerging bacteria, toxins, and antibiotic resistance.

·         Changes in consumer preferences and habits.

·         Changes in the tests that diagnose foodborne illness.” (CDC Food Safety)

 

So how do our current challenges within food safety fit in? Covid-19 for sure, but others are equally pressing. Cannabis laws and regulations, new food trends, supply chain issues, potential sweeping changes in regulations, antimicrobial resistance, labeling changes, traceback, continued issues with open trade with Canada and Mexico, cultured meat products and food security and defense.

 

So what issues are of importance in 2022? Here goes…

 

Covid-19 ...

 

Cannabis ...

 

New food trends ...

 

Food supply chain issues ...

 

Needed regulation changes ...

 

Labeling ...

 

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) ...

 

Food security and defense ...

 

Open trade with Canada and Mexico ...

 

Cultured meat products ...

 

Pet Food Products ...

 

References ...

 

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