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Food supplements: Is there any scientific evidence for health claims?

Food supplements: Is there any scientific evidence for health claims?

For several decades now, the food industry has been offering a growing range of products claiming specific health benefits, including food supplements (DS), functional foods and super foods. This raises a number of questions. Are such products safe to use? What benefits can be expected from them? Are they more of a health risk to consumers? This article aims to address these questions and provides an overview which, given the sheer variety of products, cannot be exhaustive.

Year: 2017 | Type: Article

Are "bytes" and "blocks" the secret ingredients to transforming food safety?

Are "bytes" and "blocks" the secret ingredients to transforming food safety?

Chances are you or someone you know has suffered from foodborne illness. According to the World Health Organization, contaminated food can cause more than 200 diseases. In the U.S. alone, one in six people are affected by foodborne diseases each year – resulting in 128 000 hospitalizations, 3 000 deaths, and USD 9 billion in medical costs.

Year: 2017 | Type: Article

Trends in the food industry and what they mean for the insurance industry

Trends in the food industry and what they mean for insurance

Insurers provide the food industry with coverage against product liability and product recall. As such, it is crucial the insurance industry remains informed and up-to-date on the changing risk profile of the food we consume.

Year: 2017 | Type: Article

Emerging food safety risks from biological contamination

Emerging food safety risks from biological contamination

Food safety is one of the largest challenges facing the global food system. It is not only about supplying enough to eat for a growing population, but also about ensuring the integrity of food in terms of safety, nutrition and wellbeing.

Year: 2017 | Type: Article

Global food safety: the role of the food industry

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was started by a group of retailers in Europe in 2000 to tackle the issue of different safety standards applied in the region. The retailers were subsequently joined by manufacturers, certification and accreditation bodies, academics, international organisations and food service companies like McDonalds.

Year: 2016 | Type: Conference Summary

Food recall trends and the role of social media

Figures taken from the recall enforcement reports issued by the United States FDA show that the number of food recall events has generally been rising in the country since 2014. Last year, 21 million pounds (about 955,000 kg) of meat was recalled by the US authorities. In Europe the numbers of food safety notifications recorded in the RASFF (rapid alert system for food and feed) indicate a decrease since 2011. But within the overall decrease, the number of alerts at the highest level of severity has actually been rising.

Year: 2016 | Type: Conference Summary

Béatrice Conde-Petit: Antibiotics in animals are overused

Emerging risks and technological advances

Consumers are cooking less from basic ingredients, buying more convenience food and thus delegating food safety largely to the industrial food-processing companies. At the same time, the younger millennial generation is calling the current value chain into question and demanding more transparency in exchange for their trust.

Year: 2016 | Type: Conference Summary

Case Study: claims, pricing and accumulation

Case Study: claims, pricing and accumulation

When large-scale food safety incidents occur they generate big financial losses, at least part of which is paid for by insurance companies. According to estimates, the 2011 E. coli outbreak in Germany, which caused thousands of infections and 53 deaths, resulted in losses for farmers and producers of USD 1.3 billion. The US "popcorn lung" cases is an example that demonstrated how a problem can impact the entire value chain of food production.

Year: 2016 | Type: Conference Summary

Approach to crisis management: protecting a global brand

In late 2012 the food safety authorities in Ireland detected horsemeat in beefburgers, and soon afterwards horsemeat was found in other products sold as beef in Ireland and the UK.

Year: 2016 | Type: Conference Summary

Food safety: the role of insurance in risk mitigation

Globalisation has brought challenges to world food trade. A food production unit in South America might export to the USA, Europe, China and Australia, so a problem like Salmonella contamination at the production plant may have repercussions in all those countries. From the insurance perspective, it will be a case of accumulation exposure, and that possibility has to be considered in risk assessment and the development of insurance products.

Year: 2016 | Type: Conference Summary

Insuring food safety: What's on the menu?

Insuring food safety: What's on the menu?

The demand for food is growing. Globalisation has brought changes to the lifestyle and earning power of millions of people, including a shift in their eating habits. The rising popularity of convenience foods and ready-to-eat meals underscores an increasing tendency for households to delegate food safety to producers and processing companies. The latter find themselves in highly complex supply chains, or “supply webs,” which are also products of globalisation and which seriously complicate the task of ensuring the safety and quality that both retailers and consumers expect.

Year: 2016 | Type: Conference Summary

Insuring Food Safety: What's on the menu?

Insuring Food Safety: What's on the menu?

Food recalls are on the rise, with a US survey revealing that companies with a recalled product reported costs of USD 10 million and up, some more than USD 100 million. The 'Insuring food safety' event at Swiss Re's Centre for Global Dialogue brought experts together to discuss how to mitigate these risks.

Year: 2016 | Type: Video

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