Food Safety Needs To Be a Business Model — EatSafe Podcast
In September 2021, EatSafe Project Director Bonnie McClafferty was interviewed on "Food Safety Magazine's" Food Safety Matters Podcast, Episode.104. Bonnie McClafferty: Food Safety Needs To Be a Business Model." In the episode, Bonnie describes the EatSafe approach – first, consolidating and generating knowledge and evidence on consumers’ and vendors’ perceptions about food safety in traditional markets in low- and middle-income countries. Traditional markets are wet or “open air” markets in which millions of the lowest income consumers in the world buy most of their food. The “wild west” of food safety highlights the need for better evidence and data in the development and nutrition sector on what behavioral interventions effectively improve food safety handling and preparation practices in traditional market settings.
This situation is only exacerbated by movement restrictions, health impacts, and supply chain challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss the role of nutrition in the definition of safe food, and why food safety is sidelined in public talks of health and nutrition. Other topics include empowering local communities to engage in food safety, the role of the youth movement in demanding nutritious foods are also safe to eat, and the power of communication. Listen now!