Food Supply Chain Analytics and Sensing Initiative

Food Supply Chains Health Risks

 In China, food safety regulatory organizations, such as China’s Food and Drug Administration, rely on random sampling for food safety tests (intended to broadly test throughout the supply chain). In contrast, risk-based testing, which uses historical data to identify risky products, companies, and supply chain locations, can significantly improve the ability to locate risk. This approach is consistent with the food sampling approach recently proposed by the China State Council, that plans to allocate more resources to high-risk product categories and companies. Using our CFDA database to evaluate risk-based sampling by supply chain location for aquatic products, we found evidence that from a food safety perspective, wholesale markets and wet markets are under sampled despite sourcing the riskiest products from farms.

Credit: Betsy Skrip, CBI