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The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its Global Strategy for Food Safety 2022-2030, advocating for universal access to safe and healthy food as a basic human right. In anticipation of WHO's World Food Safety Day 2024, themed "Food safety: prepare for the unexpected," Fortress Technology examines the preparedness of food processors and the critical role of advanced inspection systems.

Historically reserved for large manufacturers, food safety management has evolved, driven by retailer demands, legislation, and consumer awareness. The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system, conceived in the 1960s and legally mandated by 2006, now complements the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls (HARPC) introduced by the FDA in 2015. These frameworks, aligning with WHO's goals, emphasize science-backed, risk-based controls and shared responsibility throughout the supply chain.

Fortress Technology's whitepaper, "Writing a Food Safety Plan," details designing and implementing FDA-approved safety plans, highlighting the importance of traceability and documentation. With modern inspection systems enhancing food safety and mitigating risks, the industry's future hinges on continuous improvement and cross-collaboration among stakeholders.