Food: Food Safety Systems Being Tested

In the new commercial reality in which customers value food free of any virus or bacteria, producers and international distribution chains are forced to reinforce their safety systems to reduce the risk of selling contaminated products.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Months ago, it was reported that in China, processed and frozen meat products arriving from abroad were detected with the presence of the coronavirus. Although there is no conclusive evidence that the virus affects humans when consuming infected food, there is mistrust among people.

Central America, which is a region whose foreign sales of food products are of great importance, it is urgent to focus on safety systems, which should focus on reducing the risk of sending products contaminated with any type of virus.

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Some companies in the region are already addressing the issue, as is the case of the Hortifruti plant, a division that in Nicaragua processes vegetables that are marketed by the Walmart supermarket chain.

According to Hortifruti executives, in 2020 they invested in the purchase of machinery for washing tubers and vegetables, which has the capacity to clean 90 quintals of food products per hour and to dry up to five quintals every 25 seconds.

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Juan Zuniga, general manager of the Hortifruti plant, explained to that "... we have a lot of control points that can guarantee the exit of the product, the distribution of the product, the arrival to the store and in store we basically have the same type of control that we can have in a plant".

The article states that "... Walmart assured that the level of costs that they had to assume is nothing that the company can't afford to fix", because in the new reality consumers are demanding more and better sanitary measures.

Recent studies indicate that in the current business scenario that combines the pandemic with changing purchasing habits, consumers are beginning to prefer fresh foods more than packaged or processed foods, driven by the search for health and immune system benefits.

Faced with this mix of factors, companies are beginning to bet on strengthening their quality controls and captivating consumers, who are more cautious at the time of purchase.

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