Americans eat a lot. It is estimated that the average citizen consumes around one ton of food a year. That’s roughly the weight of a fully grown polar bear. It’s unbearable, then, to imagine what a disruption in the food industry might mean to the nation. There are a number of risks, however, that threaten America’s food producers on a daily basis. Here are some of the dangers facing the industry.
Businesses must be vigilant to protect against food contamination. Outbreaks of Salmonella and food-borne illnesses make international news by disrupting global supply chains and impacting the health of consumers. Some contamination results from foreign matter, such as plastics, making its way into products, whether by human error or even sabotage. Having strong quality control procedures catches most problems, but there’s always a risk of unexpected issues like power outages resulting in spoilage or other damage.