The world has entered the digital era, the internet and data. Technology is transforming our lives and is becoming more and more ubiquitous in agri-food, as it is in most sectors of the industry. Some even speak of a fourth industrial revolution, that of digital.
Certain technologies will play a key role in the transformation of the agri-food sector in the next decade.
In a context of safety, several technological solutions will be proposed to tackle different issues or challenges. We can imagine technological solutions to problems of hygiene, sanitation, problems related to contaminants (chemical, microbial, viral). One can imagine technological solutions to the challenges of inspection, traceability, or to reduce the reaction time in case of contamination. The fields of application are numerous.
For example, consider the field of food fraud and identify some technologies that will play a decisive role.
Food fraud can obviously put the public at risk. Such incidents are far from isolated – think of the kosher meat scandal in Ontario in 2017 or the Mexican tomatoes scandal in 2016. A 2016 study by Dalhousie University showed that 40% of Canadians say they have been victims of food fraud at one time or another, and in two-thirds of cases it is food from supermarket chains. And we imagine that this is only the tip of the iceberg since this type of fraud is not always detected. The most famous case remains that of 2008 in China, where some manufacturers have added melamine to formula milk to make it appear richer in protein. I leave you to imagine a scenario where an incident of this magnitude would occur in Canada.