Feeding the World Sustainably and Safely – the need for Evidence

RS Standards have recently been commissioned by Lloyd’s Register Foundation to conduct global evidence reviews in areas of Food Safety and Aquaculture Health and Safety. A Synopsis of each Project is provided below, and we would very much welcome People with an interest in each Project to contact our Senior Consultant, Alex Caveen via email: alex.caveen@rsstandards.com

A Foresight Review of Food Safety commissioned by Lloyd’s Register states that an estimated 600 Million People, almost 1 in 10 People in the World, fall ill as a result of eating contaminated Food and 420,000 die every Year. A key barrier to reducing this number, in addition to basic physical constraints (such as access to clean Water and Refrigeration), is insufficient high-level Food Safety skills in developing Countries, meaning no transfer of basic food handling skills to Practitioners, coupled with lack of Inspections and oversight.

To help inform Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s Food Safety Programme, RS Standards are currently mapping out Food Safety Education Programmes globally, to better understand Food Safety Course Curriculums, delivery and impact, with a particular focus on the developing World. In early-2021 the intent is to run a series of Interviews with Food Safety Educators, to gain key insights into the considerations that would need to be addressed to make Food Safety Training accessible to all.

The Foresight Review concluded that recent advances in transforming digital technologies such as Blockchain and biological food testing methods such as DNA barcoding, trace-element fingerprinting have the potential to radically alter Food Supply Chains to reduce vulnerabilities to deliberate Food Fraud and poor handling. Similar to the Food Safety Brief, RS Standards are also mapping key Traceability Software and Hardware with the intent to better understand the potential constraints to their implementation. The World Economic Forum have produced a very useful overview that should be essential reading for anyone with an interest in this area, and we look to further build on this work by contextualising how Traceability Technologies are being used in different commodity Supply Chains.

In rapidly growing Food Production Sectors such as the Aquaculture Industry, Worker Health and Safety risks are also a key concern. A recent FAO Study suggested that there is a critical knowledge gap on global H&S Data for at least 19 Million Workers employed in the Aquaculture Industry. RS Standards are working with Lloyd’s Register Foundation to better understand the Aquaculture Health and Safety Landscape, current reporting Systems, a critical review on the transferability of good practice from other Marine Industries to the Aquaculture Sector, and a Road Map for improving Standards in Aquaculture Health and Safety going forward.

We would very much welcome contributions from Experts on each of the respective Projects, and if you are interested in participating in the Research or in keeping up-to-date on the progress of each Project, please let Alex know.

Alex Caveen

Senior Consultant