Tackling threats to global feed & food supply

With increasing pressures from globalization, population growth, and a rise in temperatures worldwide, the security of food and animal feed supply chains is consistently under pressure. Whilst these challenges continue to persist and grow in severity, it is vital that our efforts to tackle them are focused on elements that can be controlled.

Food safety testing forms a major checkpoint in protecting food supply chain security, providing a means to certify produce as safe for consumption, preventing foodborne illnesses, and in doing so, protecting human health.

  • Global food production needs to increase by up to 50% by 2050 if we are to feed our growing  population.
  • Controlling contamination forms a key part of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.
  • With consumers paying closer attention to the foods they eat and where they come from, there is an opportunity for manufacturers to elevate their brand integrity by demonstrating they have a high performing safety management system in place.

Given expected changes in temperatures, precipitation and pests associated with climate change, the global community is called upon to increase investment in research, development and demonstration of technologies to improve the sustainability of food systems everywhere. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Explore workflows and three key areas of analytical testing that could have the biggest impact on ensuring both food and animal feed is safe for consumption:
Pesticide residues
Mycotoxins & biotoxins
Food contact materials
End-to-end analytical workflows

Pesticide residues

Through in-depth chemical and microbiological analysis, pesticide residue testing identifies residues in food and feed products that can be introduced pre-and post harvest, including during manufacturing.

  • Despite documented health risks, business concerns, and regulatory oversight, pesticides continue to be used globally, with many countries still lacking appropriate systems for monitoring residues in food and feed items.
  • Food manufacturers and government entities are increasing their vigilance when it comes to ensuring imported food products comply with maximum residue levels.
  • Calls to reduce the use of pesticides is at odds with the growing need for food production due to the rising global population. Therefore, pesticide usage is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, while regulations are likely to become stricter to reduce health risks.

Tackling the residual testing challenges of pesticides in the global food supply chain

Mycotoxins & biotoxins

Produced by living organisms such as fungi and plants, mycotoxins and biotoxins are recognized as two classes of natural toxins frequently found in food and animal feed that pose a significant threat to human and animal health.

  • Mycotoxins are of particular concern as they can be easily inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. Consumption of contaminated products can lead to acute poisoning and long-term effects such as cancer in humans and poor reproductive performance and suboptimal milk production in livestock.
  • With a rise in global temperatures, mycotoxin-producing fungi and phytotoxin-producing plants could begin to thrive in traditionally more cool and temperate climates, putting more countries at risk of contamination and increasing the risk of new emerging strains developing.
  • It is vital that appropriate testing regimens are in place in any food or feed supplychain.

Explore insights into global prevalence, legislation, and how manufacturers are innovating to help institutions optimize their testing capabilities

Food contact materials & packaging

With the introduction of industry sustainability targets, manufactures are incorporating more recycled ingredients into their plastic, paper, glass, or aluminum packaging than ever. However, known hazardous chemicals and unknown, potentially hazardous chemicals can migrate from these food contact materials and can accumulate to reach concentrations of toxicological concern.

  • Utilizing well established and reliable techniques, such as accelerated solvent extraction (ASE), to analyze the prevalence of volatile, non-volatile, semi-volatile compounds, and elemental impurities must be incorporated by regulatory bodies and food suppliers alike to ensure the composition of food is not changed.
  • The emphasis is placed on food and beverage manufacturers to not only ensure their products are safe for consumption to protect human health, but to also ensure supply is maintained free from product recalls that could lead to disruptions and unexpected costs.

Navigating the forensics of food contact materials to ensure packaging integrity and safety assurance

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global food production needs to increase by over:


by 2050 to feed our growing population.

This means the demand for packaging materials will likely increase.

Webinar: Emerging trends and future directions in food testing Measuring migration from food contact materials

End-to-end analytical workflows

To help analytical scientists and food manufacturers meet evolving food and feed testing challenges, regulatory demands, and minimize the risk of recalls, Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed complete end-to-end workflows accompanied by a wide selection of educational resources.

Discover free educational resources by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Food and beverage resource guide for commercial food testing laboratories

Food and beverage resource guide for commercial food testing laboratories
Free download

Transforming small-molecule MS data into meaningful insights

Smart Note
Free download

Multi-pesticide residues analyses of QuEChERS extracts using automated online μSPE clean-up coupled to LC-MS/MS

Multi-pesticide residues analyses of QuEChERS extracts
Free download

QuEChERS solutions in all your favorite flavors

QuEChERS solutions in all your favorite flavors
Free download

Streamline your path to multi-residue testing

End-to-end workflows

Designed to deliver results with speed and accuracy, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s easy-to-deploy, end-to-end workflows also aim to offer the level of flexibility required by food and feed testing laboratories, whilst leveraging a suite of cloud-based, user-friendly software tools.

Learn more at thermofisher.com/food-analysis

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