Top food safety trends to watch in 2022

The food safety and technologies market is predicted to grow to USD 28.6 Billion by 2026[1]. With food safety and security becoming more of a concern year by year, the food industry is preparing for a future in which safety, transparency and related issues are even more important. In 2022, food safety and security will be even more critical concerns, as new technologies and methods are developed to combat foodborne illnesses and other threats to the food supply.

The top food safety trends to watch in 2022 include:

Data Driven Supply Chain Transparency

The global food supply chain is complex and involves a number of stakeholders including farmers, processors, retailers, and consumers. The food supply chain is also becoming increasingly transparent as consumers demand to know more about where their food comes from and how it is produced.

While demands for transparency has been on the rise, in 2022, we will see significant uptick in data usage and stakeholders that are brought into these data ecosystems. Beyond food traders and compliance agencies, data will drive decisions among wholesale and retail buyers as well as food producers. We are expecting the data loop between consumers and producers to be much shorter.

Top food safety trends to watch in 2022

Sustainability is another important factor in the food supply chain. Consumers are becoming more attracted in the way their food is made, and want to be sure that their food choices are sustainable. Sustainability refers to the ability of a system to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In order to be sustainable, a system must be efficient and use resources wisely.

The transparency, safety, and sustainability of the food supply chain are important factors for businesses and consumers alike. Sharing proof of carbon footprint, ethical and fairtrade practices etc will become more commonplace.

Plant-based Foods

Plant-based foods are not only healthier than meat-based products, but they also have a lower environmental impact. Producing meat requires a lot of resources, such as water and land, and it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. By contrast, plant-based foods require significantly less water and land, and they produce fewer emissions. In addition to being healthy and environmentally friendly, plant-based foods are also affordable. They can be made with simple ingredients that are widely available. Meat-based products, on the other hand, are often expensive, especially in developing countries.

Top food safety trends to watch in 2022

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In 2022 food companies are expected to create more plant-based food items that are designed for new food niches, such as food that is low in fat or non-GMO food options. Food experts believe that meat will eventually become a luxury food item and many people around the world may have no choice but to resort to cheap plant-based food items. This shift away from animal protein will also contribute to the fight against global hunger since it takes 10 times more land to produce 1 kg of meat than it does to produce 1 kg of grain products.

Awareness in food choices

‘Mindful eating,’ a trend that has been on the rise in recent years, is defined as being present when eating. It encourages people to eat slowly and enjoy the flavors and textures of their food. Mindfulness also encompasses paying attention to the purpose of eating, such as enjoying a meal with friends or taking the time to refuel after a workout.

Top food safety trends to watch in 2022

This trend is particularly beneficial for testers of food safety who need to be aware of every step in the food preparation process. From farm to table, nothing can be left to chance where someone’s health is concerned. Mindful eating can help ensure that the correct measures are taken at each stage to guarantee food safety.

Food Testing

The application of nanotechnology in food testing is expected to grow at a substantial rate and nanotechnology-based devices will be used for a wide variety of applications including DNA sequencing and the detection of allergens in food products.

The growing demand for convenience testing procedures, transparency in supply chain management, and the emergence of nanotechnology in food testing are just some of the many issues that experts believe will present opportunities for this industry. With all these developments on the horizon not only does it mean more opportunities for those working but also brings about much greater food security across the world as well as improved health.

Top food safety trends to watch in 2022

The statistics on food testing for safety are eye-opening. In the United States, for example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tests less than 1 percent of imported food products for contaminants. And in the European Union, only about 0.4 percent of all food products are tested[3].

This lack of inspection for contaminants means that potentially dangerous foods can make their way onto our dinner tables. One recent example is the discovery of a highly toxic pesticide in millions of eggs that were sold in Europe. The pesticide, fipronil, is banned in Europe, but it was still found in eggs from several different countries.

Immunity Boosters

Beneo estimates that 75% of people plan to consume healthier food and drinks due to the flu. As a result, the demand for healthy ingredients is predicted to increase to $117 million in 2021[4]. This demand is good for the food industry because consumers are increasingly looking for healthier products. The trend for healthy eating is nothing new, but it is being amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic. People are looking for ways to boost their immune systems and stay healthy. They are also concerned about the safety of the food supply.

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