Frozen foods are at an important intersection in the industry’s evolution, especially from the perspective of enhancing food manufacturing practices and meeting consumers’ changing needs. From a food safety perspective however, frozen foods have in recent years been subject to frequent food recalls and even attributed with illnesses and outbreaks worldwide. These events highlight the public health risks posed by the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and other pathogens in frozen foods and have raised significant concern among food manufacturers, regulatory agencies, and consumers alike.
At the heart of this challenge is the trend towards more convenient foods and the perception that all frozen foods are innately ready-to-eat (RTE) food products. This presentation will outline AFFI’s holistic strategy and current efforts to combat food safety risks associated with frozen foods: through scientific research, enhancing best manufacturing practices, consumer labelling and education initiatives; and practical regulatory approaches.