A remarkable combination of risk factors have come together that present a range of hazards for the global food industry. Many of these individual risk factors actually exacerbate each other, so it’s important to appreciate the overall context. This is written from the perspective of the UK, but with international relevance.
All of this is by no means an exhaustive list! With so many risk factors emerging concurrently, it would be easy to lose sight of the compounding effect at play. It’s also important to keep in mind the time delay before goods produced move through the supply chain, especially where there’s further processing. Some materials take years to move from producer through manufacturers and to retailers – so when the risk factors are no-longer in play, the foods produced during the higher-risk periods may still be being processed.