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Welcome to 2023! Calendars have changed, the holiday season is coming to an end and it’s time to refocus ahead of what is sure to be another newsworthy period for the food sector.
This year marks a decade since the horsemeat scandal in Europe. The food fraud involved horse meat in beef products without being mentioned on the label. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported findings of horse meat in burgers in mid-January 2013.
Some of the issues listed in 2022 will also continue this year. Also, at the bottom of this article, you can find a selection of events, outside of the United States, in chronological order.
Russia Ukraine conflict
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022. In addition to loss of life and damage to infrastructure, concerns have been raised about food security. Ukraine was a major grain exporter and the conflict contributed to rising food prices. Russia and Ukraine are the main suppliers of wheat, corn and sunflower oil. Countries in Africa and the Middle East have been particularly hard hit. The impact of rising food and energy prices is another area to watch. The issue has been raised at Codex and World Trade Organization meetings, but it is unclear how and when the military action will end.
The wheels of justice
Hearings are underway in Spain surrounding the 2019 Magrudis Stuffed Pork Listeria outbreak. More than 200 people fell ill and five died.
Additionally, Strauss is facing civil action over a Salmonella confectionery incident in Israel, Ferrero is being investigated by the Luxembourg prosecutor’s office, and lawsuits are pending against Nestlé in France over an outbreak of E. coli associated with pizza.
Do you remember the outbreak of Listeria polony from Tiger Brands Enterprise in South Africa? It was in 2017 and 2018 but we have not yet reached the first stage of the trial. Hopefully 2023 will see that happen and the class action can move forward.
Happy Birthday Codex and WHO
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the 75th of the World Health Organization (WHO). The celebrations planned for the Codex will not take place on a specific day. Case