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Meeting consumer demands for transparency, assessing the costs of foodborne illness and a new era of food transportation all feature in this issue of Hot Source. With the introduction of compulsory nutritional labelling, we also look at the impacts of EU Regulation 1169/2011 and the regulation of health and marketing claims on food labels in Europe.

Do you know what’s happening down on the farm? As the food industry battles to satisfy consumer demand, farmers and processors need the reassurance of third-party assessments, audits and certifications. New farm assessment services benchmark facilities, processes, practices and quality against food industry standards and regulations.

Pathogens in food products cause illness in humans on a daily basis. Loss of wages, time off for treatment, medical costs, product recalls, lost sales and lost jobs, the economic impacts of foodborne illnesses are many and costly. We explore a selection of real-life foodborne illness events and their impacts on the businesses involved.

In the supply chain, a new era is beginning for food logistics, storage and transportation, one that highlights a need for innovation in product formulation, packaging and transportation logistics. Food supply globalisation, increased importation of food and advances in retail and distribution practices, as well as climate changes, are all contributing to new patterns of food consumption and food borne illness. We look at the emerging trends.

SGS’s new white paper: Understanding Global Olive Oil Quality, Grading and Labelling Requirements reviews the highly complex regulatory landscape that can be confusing for producers to navigate. For example, while olive oil quality, grading and labelling remain voluntary in many countries, the European Union has strict and legally enforceable regulations. Read on to find out more and download your own copy.

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SGS Agriculture and Food Team