COVID-19 pandemic is one of the largest public health crises in recent history and it has affected every aspect of life around the globe. Food and food-related safety have come to the fore in recent times. Consumers are confused and worried about food handling and the supply chain. Much of this paranoia is leading consumers and food business owners to invest more time to ensure food safety and hygiene measures are well in place.
This pandemic has brought the aspect of food safety, sanitation, and good hygiene practices to the forefront. Due to the outbreak, consumers are more concerned about the safety of the food that they consume. People are also stockpiling their food supplies amidst worries regarding food availability, food safety, and a desire to minimize trips to the market.
Scientists have made this abundantly clear that it is highly unlikely and there is no evidence that the coronavirus is spread through food. Neither fresh, packaged nor frozen food items are considered a transfer point for COVID-19.
This news helps to reinforce the positive consumer sentiment and their trust in food safety. However, we can’t take this trust for granted. Food businesses especially must be diligent in constantly working toward the prevention of the spread of infection in any way, so they can continue building consumer trust in food products.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF FOOD SAFETY TESTING DURING A CRISIS
It is important to take advantage of the evolving and unprecedented behavioral change among the consumers and speed up the food safety initiative across the world. Consumers are now looking for ways to improve their family’s health and well-being, and one of the important aspects included in this is the way they shop for food now. Contamination of the food supply can occur at various points of the supply chain, from the farm to the table. Each step of the way may introduce new risks, and thus, should be assessed for proper preparation, storage, and handling.
The third-party testing and auditing process helps drive continuous improvement in the area of food safety and quality giving a degree of assurance to customers. Food testing verifies and authenticates the quality of the contents of the food product. In this way, food testing ensures that consumers don’t become a victim of economic fraud and most importantly reassures them that they’re consuming safe and reliable food products in the current challenging times.
MAINTAINING FOOD SAFETY WITH THE HELP OF FOOD TESTING
For the last 15 years, Equinox Labs has been committed to helping the food companies bring safe and properly labeled food products on the table. At Equinox, we combine the latest technology, discerning expertise, and distinguished service to come up with a crucial set of solutions to give the food companies the assurance they need.
Equinox Labs is a leading FSSAI approved and NABL accredited, and ISO 9001:2015 certified food, water, and air testing lab with a pan-India presence. It’s the largest auditing agency and with its quality and technology-focused approach, Equinox has built a trustworthy relationship with its clients across multiple domains.
FOOD SAFETY DEPENDS ON QUALITY AND RELIABLE TESTING
Pandemic changes behaviors, thoughts, and emotions, because of which nearly everyone seeks to augment their safety. This is especially true when it comes to essentials like food. In our opinion, the dinner table should never be a place for uncertainty. With definitive food testing, the food companies get reliable results that ensure they are providing products consumers can depend on for nutritional benefits.
Equinox Labs is ready to assist with its testing options, expertise, and skills to help you in maintaining food safety standards. Connect with us and let’s develop a testing program for your food products, especially during the time of such a crisis.