How Private Companies are Changing Food Safety
From Small Business Trends
When you buy food at the grocery store, you likely assume that the labels accurately describe the food and its ingredients. But that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, food products are contaminated by outside ingredients. And other times, suppliers or manufacturers are downright fraudulent.
That’s where companies like IEH Laboratories come in. Suppliers, manufacturers and marketers hire the company to test for outside contaminants or to verify if items are organic or free of genetically modified organisms.
Public food safety efforts have traditionally relied more on reaction than preemptive measures. But many in the industry believe that change is necessary. No longer should response wait for large recalls after several consumers have fallen ill from contaminated food. That’s part of what IEH is working to change.
Consumers want to know that their food is safe and that the labels are accurate. So if the public standards for food safety and quality aren’t doing the job up to their expectations, they could start to demand more.
And stores and food suppliers that step up to take preemptive measures rather than reactive ones will be an ever-growing market for the company in the foreseeable future.