on 03-31-201502:52 PM - edited on 10-15-202110:32 AM by AnalyteGuru
Increasingly global food supply chains have raised concerns about food safety. Products are grown and processed in widely differing environments under a variety of regulatory frameworks, travel thousands of miles, are kept in various storage conditions, experience temperature fluctuations that may affect shelf life, and are handled by many different people. At any point in this process, products can be contaminated or may become unfit for consumption. Contaminants may originate from agricultural sources, such as pesticides, animal growth hormones, or antibiotics; environmental sources, such as water and air pollutants; or from food production processes, via contamination or adulteration.