HorizonScan, the food safety and integrity tracking system from Fera Science Ltd, has been launched for the first time in five new territories in partnership with the Global ID Group. HorizonScan enables food manufacturers, distributors, retailers and related industries to closely track and monitor a uniquely comprehensive range of contaminant and authenticity supplier issues from around the world.
HorizonScan gathers detailed information 365 days per year from more than 70 national inspection agencies, involving over 490 food commodities from 180 countries. Its reports are updated daily and contain over 63,000 incidents archived over the last 15 years, presenting users detail at a granular level when researching risks from particular food types, countries or even individual suppliers.
Dr Miles Thomas, from Fera Science Ltd, said: “The system provides a vital snapshot of food safety and integrity issues currently impacting the global supply chain, allowing the industry and other stakeholders to track and react to issues in real time, as they emerge. The new partnership with Global ID Group allows companies in these new territories to access the database, ensuring that this vital data is available to as much of the industry as possible.”
In the first quarter of 2016, HorizonScan data showed that nuts, nut products and seeds saw the highest increase in food integrity issues compared to same period in 2015 – a 40.4% increase in reported problems across the globe. Other commodities which saw big jumps in reported incidents included a 26.6% increase in issues with herbs and spices and a 12.8% increase in reported problems with poultry and poultry products.
Fera’s new partnership with Global ID Group allows North American, German, Brazilian and Mexican companies to access the system for the first time. The access will mean that suppliers are better able to apply the correct preventative measures at the right times to protect themselves, their brands and their consumers.
Ron Stakland, Global ID’s vice president of business development and product manager for HorizonScan, said: “HorizonScan gives food safety managers a powerful new risk assessment tool. It gives subscribers a way to “scan the horizon” of the global food commodity landscape, enhancing their ability to identify and avoid potential hazards.”
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