The agro-food sector has been undergoing a revolutionary upheaval in its global environment and market conditions. Several major drivers can be distinguished behind these changes, including shifts in consumer demand and technology, changes in national policies, and globalization. These drivers favor the emergence of large, integrated multinational firms.
The changes in food availability, induced by the changes in modern society, initially relied on constant efforts to increase productivity. But the unrestrained pursuit of continuous increases in productivity led to excesses which resulted in the safety crises of the 1990s. This eroded consumers’ confidence in their food. The globalization of the food industry, traditionally restrained by customs barriers, technological limitations and transportation costs, is now currently in full swing. The agriculture and food industries have now joined the list of “global” sectors, supplying a worldwide marketplace through a mutually supportive network of institutions that transcends national boundaries. At the same time, new risks, such as increasing microbial drug resistance and viral zoonoses, have arisen. These risks are partially related to globalization of the food and agricultural sectors. At times, this delocalization is carried out in countries where veterinary monitoring and general food safety institutes are less sophisticated than in developed countries.
An industrial kosher certification provides an economic advantage , a serious method of traceability, a response to problems of globalization, and at the same time a guarantee of food safety.
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