The second World Food Safety Day (WFSD) is being celebrated today to draw attention to and inspire action to help ‘prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks’.
Food safety in fresh
Around the world everyone has the right to access safe and nutritious food items, however that is not always the case. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one in ten people globally become ill after eating contaminated food. It is by adopting good practices all of the way through the food supply chain that we put an end to food safety concerns for so many people.
WHO calls to action for 2020
Following the success of 2019’s campaign, the World Health Organisation are continuing to promote awareness and urge action from everyone in the farm-to-fork supply chain with the following five calls to action.
1 – Ensure it’s safe – Government must ensure safe and nutritious food for all
2 – Grow it safe – Agriculture and food producers need to adopt good practices
3 – Keep it safe – Business operators must make sure food is safe
4 – Eat it safe: All consumers have a right to safe, healthy and nutritious food
5 – Team up for safety – Food Safety is a shared responsibility
As a global grower of healthy and great quality fresh fruit, ensuring that we grow safely using good practice is of paramount importance. As mentioned in our blog focussing on World Environment Day, we’re making sure to supply great tasting and safe fresh produce whilst minimising the future impact on the environment for the forthcoming generations.
Food safety at Jupiter Group
Our Technical Director, Cristian says:
“Food safety is a very integral part of what we do at the Jupiter Group. We are passionate about delivering the safest possible products to our customers. Often, food safety standards are lengthy, complicated, and written in a language meant for experts and committees. However, procedures should be simple and elegant. We should put more effort into finding simple ways to explain food safety concepts to the people in contact with the product day in and day out, and to listen to their ideas and concerns to improve such standards in practical ways.
This is why we have been working on the Jupiter Standard, which is a process we follow to simplify procedures to uncomplicated one page flows. These show what needs to be done to follow PPE rules, chemical management, pesticide application, hygiene rules and more.
I believe passionately that standards should be built from the bottom up rather than top down.
Our goal is simple; by keeping it extremely simple, without downgrading the requirements and producing easy to understand documents designed with our workers in mind, we will be able to achieve any standard at any time anywhere.
Food safety is a culture and to develop a culture you cannot dictate from the boardroom, you must build it hand in hand with the people that nurture from seed, pick, and pack our fruit.”
Find out more from Jupiter
If you would like to know more about Jupiter, our available fresh produce or our work in the community take a further look at the news section on our website.
The Jupiter Group is a leader in the global fresh produce market. Ranked 17th in the 2020 The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, Jupiter grows and supplies new and traditional varieties of grapes and citrus alongside melons, pineapples, limes, avocados and kiwi.