Food safety has gained momentum in recent years mainly due to rising consumer awareness towards the type of food and beverage products consumed. Incidents of food recalls mainly due to contamination by microorganisms and other toxins/ chemicals that can cause foodborne illnesses have also raised the need for proper food safety measures from “farm to fork”.

The need for food safety, therefore, drives new growth opportunities in different segments of the food industry value chain, including production, processing, packing, distribution/transportation, storage, and preparation. This research service titled, "Technologies Enabling Food Safety", focuses on the emerging technologies across various industries that can potentially enhance food safety across the food supply value chain. This research service summarizes the various technologies and the emerging opportunities enabling food safety of different types of food and beverage products. It also includes details on key stakeholder activities and noteworthy technology developments focused towards enhancing food safety.

The technologies that we consider to be most impactful in the next three to five years for ensuring and enabling include:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Block Chain
  • Gene Editing
  • Point-of-Care Devices
  • Intelligent Packaging
  • Advanced Encapsulation
  • Biosensors
  • Printed Electronics
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Thermosonication