S06 Perishable Foods Delivered to Homes via Common Carriers: Safe or Sorry?

Monday, July 10, 2017: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Ballroom D (Tampa Convention Center)
Primary Contact: Meghan Cox
Organizers: Meghan Cox , Faye Feldstein , Clyde Manuel and Donald W. Schaffner
Convenors: Meghan Cox and Clyde Manuel
The rise of e-commerce and ubiquity of online ordering has dramatically increased the prevalence of home-delivered perishable foods. These foods include groceries, fresh produce, meat, poultry, seafood, cheese, meal preparation kits and prepared meals. As demand grows, both providers and consumers can benefit from developing a better understanding of the particular food safety requirements for online ordering of food and the food safety challenges involved with shipment of perishable foods. This symposium will bring together food safety experts from various backgrounds with extensive experience in the area of home delivered food products. A speaker from the U.S. federal government sector will provide insights into the regulations applicable to home-delivered foods in the U.S. and abroad, helping to provide clarity to the regulatory framework in which providers must operate. Second, a speaker from the academic sector will present research findings and case studies on home-delivered food products, highlighting food safety risks and identifying provider and consumer knowledge gaps in this area. Finally, an industry speaker will discuss approaches to tackling the unique technical, logistical, and regulatory challenges of home-delivered foods. Attendees should gain a better understanding of leading practices for both providers and consumers of home-delivered perishable foods, including packaging and shipping guidelines, handling and storage guidelines, and means for effective communication of food safety risks.


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