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As experts study the recent Salmonella outbreak related to mangoes, it would follow that with increased awareness would come public demand for protocols on food safety handling not just for mangoes, but for all foods that are depended on for quality and nutrition, from production, to packing, and to the plate.
Peosta, Iowa (PRWEB) November 30, 2012
Recent outbreaks of illness linked to two strains of Salmonella bacterium have once again brought to the forefront the need for greater control of contamination that may occur at the production stage of food handling. The outbreak that was linked to mangoes from sources in Mexico this past summer caused the FDA to declare the fruit "high risk", although this information regarding new status has not been shared with American consumers. This is according to the Public Health Agency of Canada in August of 2012, http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/fs-sa/phn-asp/osm-esm-eng.php.
In his most recent letter to the Mango Industry, dated October 23, 2012, William Watson, Executive Director of the National Mango Board stated that, following the FDA's final update declaring the end of the outbreak, (http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/CORENetwork/ucm317337.htm) ,a risk assessment of the industry was scheduled to begin in October and work is underway to identify ways to improve food safety protocol for the fruit.
Public awareness regarding food safety may include assumptions that safety issues are being addressed before market and this may add to future outbreaks until greater control can be managed at the production stages of food handling. In the United States, companies such as Carometec, provide food handlers with sanitation equipment that helps automate processes involved in the early stage of any food's journey to the consumer. Installing such processes helps assure consumers that a standard and protocol is met for handling raw food, therefore dramatically reducing the spread of food borne illnesses for many companies.
"Food safety is such an important part of preventing foodborne illness and disease. Utilizing bacteria fighting equipment can do just that in most cases; prevent illness such as salmonella," comments Jeb Supple of Carometec.
Automated food handling processes such as hand washing equipment and bacteria fighting equipment could put the food handling industry one step ahead of what will surely become a growing demand from consumers and keep the industry in good standing with the end user.
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