Food security issues will be one of the largest risks to global society over the next 10 years. The world’s resources are under huge stress and the issue of food security, ‘all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life’ is receiving growing attention. Global food availability will need to increase dramatically to keep pace with population growth. The FAO estimates that the world’s population will peak at 9.15 billion in 2050, an increase of 30% on the 2010 population, and it estimates that global food production must increase by 70% to keep pace.
The release of a RASFF alert for honey from China found to contain lactoprotein is considered an emerging issue. This is the first time HorizonScan has picked up an issue involving the presence of milk in honey and it is unclear at this point in time if this is an adulteration issue as well as an undeclared allergen issue.
An emerging issue has been picked up by HorizonScan concerning raisins from Iran containing undeclared sulphites. Iran was one of the largest importers of dried vine fruit into the EU last year, importing 16,661,000 kg into the EU in 2016.
The UK government has released its Zoonoses Report for 2015. The report highlights increasing incidences of Salmonella showing the number o finfections rose from 8,078 in 2014 to 9,485 in 2015, and a 33.7% increase in cryptosporidiosis cases during the same period.
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Hot Source Q3 2017 contains up to date information of the insights within Fera's powerful HorizonScan & FC24 platforms.
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