Within the increasingly competitive technology landscape, data is the most essential commodity. Data has been so valuable that when managed and analyzed properly, it can provide correct insights that businesses can use to innovate and grow. Today, higher-quality data can now be captured quicker and in greater volumes due to the Internet of Things (IoT).
From 2019 until the third quarter of 2021, the FDA-CFRR has handled 835 reports with majority from consumer complaints arising from product defects (e.g., presence of physical contaminant, sub-par physical appearance, etc.), followed by reports on potentially violative processed food products, and lastly by foodborne disease outbreaks as coordinated by the DOH — Epidemiology Bureau, Epidemiological and Surveillance Units (i.e., Regional, Provincial, City/Municipal).
The presence of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (sSOPs), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) afforded the food industry an upper hand in wading through the tides of the pandemic. Modifications to these existing food safety programs and better employee practices can certainly propel food businesses forward.
With the pandemic waning in many countries, Dr. Leana Wen, professor at George Washington University, outlined a three-pronged approach to end the pandemic with the caveat that COVID-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Increasing vaccination and maintaining mask mandates or continued recommendations to wear masks should be added to this sensible approach.
"With the pandemic waning in many countries, Dr. Leana Wen, professor at George Washington University, outlined a three-pronged approach to end the pandemic with the caveat that COVID-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Increasing vaccination and maintaining mask mandates or continued recommendations to wear masks should be added to this sensible approach.
1. Making vaccines available for younger children
2. The need for oral outpatient treatment for COVID-19
3. The need for free or inexpensive readily available rapid tests"
Is your favorite street food safe? Let's get something straight: WE LOVE STREET FOODS. People from all walks of life have a special love for street food because of its lip-smacking flavors. Certain Filipino street food favorites include kwek-kwek, barbeque, isaw, balut, green mango with bagoong, and mais, among others. These street foods can be found almost everywhere in the Philippines – around markets, schools, universities, factories, and even offices – they have easily blended into the urban scene, being very accessible to the majority of the Philippine population. It has been an integral part of the culture and the landscape of the Philippines.
"Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development" - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Held on March 22nd every year, World Water Day underlines the importance of fresh water. The event raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It supports the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
The arrival of summer in the coming weeks will have Filipinos looking for ways to beat the heat. With the COVID-19 lockdowns limiting the places Filipinos can visit, most would think their options would be either to risk contagion or to swelter in quarantine, but cold Pinoy treats such as Halo-halo may help. This summertime treat would be a sure and delicious way to cool down. However, before indulging yourself with this colorful delight, be mindful of these food safety tips
The Coronavirus is Mutating: Here’s what you need to know about the new variants
New virus variants are expected to occur over time since viruses constantly change through mutation; these variants either emerge and disappear or emerge and persist. Variants of the SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19, have appeared globally during this pandemic.
Halloween is just right around the corner, and Filipino families may commemorate the annual event by doing things differently this year since the on-going COVID-19 pandemic has limited the number of activities people could partake in.
Glenwood Technologies International, Inc., in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A invites you to the Free Technical Webinar on Technologies and Strategies in Preventing the Spread of the Virus in Food Establishments. Be online on June 16, 2020 to be updated on the ff: Topic: Technologies and Strategies in Preventing the Spread of the Virus in Food Establishments
The global war against the invisible enemy has changed the landscape of the food industry from supply chain, processing, storage, delivery, and consumption of goods. Producing essential goods, food companies must continue to move forward in its commitment to provide safe and quality food products to the consumers amidst this pandemic. Mitigating food safety risks while preventing the spread of the virus has become a great challenge to the industry.
Calling all food safety professionals!
First things first: Wash your hands properly!
The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) and other renowned institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) are continuously reminding the public to follow preventive actions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. One of the simplest and most effective ways is by PROPER and REGULAR HANDWASHING.
Be informed! Stay protected! Together, let’s fight this deadly virus.
The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) and other renowned institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are continuously reminding the public to follow preventive actions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Among these, the most effective way is to do proper and regular handwashing since 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch.
Food Safety Trends PH is one with the nation in thanking our frontliners who continue with the battle to fight COVID-19. Our deepest gratitude to our healthcare workers, the public and law enforcers, emergency responders, city and barangay employees, researchers and scientists, cashiers and supermarket attendants, janitorial team, and other frontliners who are tirelessly serving the community. Thank you for your enormous sacrifices. Your hard work and dedication are very much appreciated.
As COVID-19 cases around the world continue to increase, millions of lives become more at risk. We owe it to all healthcare workers and front-liners who are currently helping in the COVID-19 situation to safeguard ourselves by staying in our respective homes and, more importantly, by observing proper and frequent handwashing.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is generally thought to be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no evidence that the virus can be transmitted through food or food packaging.