Among the many conveniences that technology has ushered into our lives is the facility of ordering food online and eating whenever we want to, instead of having to necessarily visit hotels or restaurants. Coupled with another recent phenomenon that has changed our lives forever-globalization-the home delivery market is growing at a terrific rate. It is pegged at between $45 and $50 billion annually, and is expected to grow at a rate of more than 50% by 2022.
This huge industry, part of the wider and bigger food supply chain industry, which involves many players and activities in meeting its demand; is often characterized by ignorance about the most vital aspect of food: hygiene. This is an industry, like say, healthcare, whose efficiency depends more on the last mile provider, than on planners and high-level managers and strategists. It is this foot soldier on whom the industry actually runs, in a sense. Yet, the home food delivery market is characterized by a shocking lack of knowledge about food hygiene on the part of these delivery personnel. If this is the story of a hygiene-obsessed country such as the US; one can imagine how appalling the situation must be globally.
One can attribute a twofold reason for this situation: the diverse and fragmented nature of the food delivery business, and the near total absence of regulation in it. It is thus an irony of the food delivery business that while the business continues to grow in terms of attractive numbers; the core aspect of food delivery, cleanliness, continues to suffer.
Regulatory controls lack teeth
Many consequences result from the lack of hygiene standards. Lack of hygiene affects products of daily use, such as poultry products, meat and other related foods. Consumers, most of whom are in the productive age group, fall sick often. When this happens, the economy’s productivity levels drop. Plus, it puts a heavy burden on the already overstretched healthcare sector.
There is the existence of a law on food safety: the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which has rules relating to areas of the food supply chain such as distribution from the point of produce, documentation -especially for imported and exportable items- and supply chains. This fact notwithstanding, the FSMA is not potent or comprehensive enough to ensure hygiene at the critical source at which food is most vulnerable: the last mile supplier, or the food delivery point.
Get to understand the elements of food delivery hygiene
Compliance4All, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance, will be offering a course in which the core areas of safety and sanitation aspects of home food delivery will be explained. Dr. John Ryan, a highly acclaimed expert on food safety, will be the speaker at this very high value webinar. Dr. Ryan is the Founder of John Ryan Systems, which he founded after gaining expertise in all the areas of the food safety industry for three decades, during which he worked in sectors such as manufacturing, food, transportation and Internet industries.
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Understanding the reasons for which food gets harmed
The ambit of this webinar is an explanation of the vulnerabilities that food in the food home delivery industry is exposed to. Dr. Ryan will explain the regulations that need to be complied with to ensure the safety of food, as well as the consequences of lack of compliance. Complying with regulations apart, food suppliers have to be more knowledgeable about how activities on their part can prevent disease outbreaks. Food suppliers have to take a relook at their strategy if they have to gain a reputation in the market as providers of hygiene. This is one of the major discussions of this webinar.
Dr. Ryan will explain how food supply companies that seek to get away from the reach of the law by deceptive and escapist recourses such as disclaimers can be hauled up.
At this webinar, Dr. Ryan will cover the following areas:
- The issues of food safety and quality
- Basic food sanitation and temperature controls
- Appropriate dunnage
- Evolving home food delivery Technology
- Types of foods in the home food delivery market
- Ordering models
- Recall requirements
- Integrated Online Ordering Companies
- Call in or online orders
- Some of the industry players.