In Spain only 15 real food alerts have been recorded in the last 3 years, according to the records of AESAN
It is becoming more and more common to receive on the mobile or watch on social networks message chains alerting about alleged food contaminations. Alerts that increase in summer as do food poisoning, as stated by the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). An increase according to the experts is due to two fundamental reasons. On the one hand, bacteria grow faster with temperatures between 30oC and 45oC. And on the other hand, in the summer months it is more common to cook and eat outside the house (barbacoas, picnic etc.) without having a proper temperature and cooling of the food or running water for the washing of the utensils.
However, how many of the dozens of alerts seen and received are real? A lot less than they think and it's just that in our country only 15 real food alerts have been recorded in the last 3 yearsaccording to the records of the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN).
Coinciding with the recent episode of listeriosis poisoning in mechada meat products detected in several locations in Spain, IMF Business School points 3 keys for consumers to differentiate bules and ‘fake news’ about food so abundant on the Internet of real food alerts to take into account:
If he comes by social networks alone, there is no danger.Following the case of listeriosis detected at several points in our country, the Ministry of Health was the agency responsible for confirming and decreting health alert for this outbreak. The same cannot be said of many other so-called alerts, in which the main media are usually Facebook and Whatsapp. If a product is really harmful to health and is withdrawn from the market, with total security consumers will learn before by official agencies and media that by their social networks. Todo sobre Pinganillos
Run away from the flashy and alarmist. “Agreed-on! REVIEW ALL YOUR CONTACTS!” It would be very rare to see this type of headlines in news of newspaper or telediario poisoning, but this formula is almost always repeated in the supposed food alerts spread over the Internet. Your goal: cause alarmism and diffusion by calling attention with capitals, exclamation signs, exaggeration and calls to forward.
Where is the origin of the news? The best lies always have a real point. An example of this was given by the dissemination in 2017 of several uncontextualized news about the so-called “toxic lampante olive oil”, all of them based on a 2012 OCU study in which he only talked about some oils not complying with the regulations. To avoid these “half truths” is fundamental contextualize the date of the news and go to the source of origin instead of staying in the chain that has reached Whatsapp.
From IMF Business School are fully aware of the importance of differentiating this type of real food alert bules, something that begins with a good training of professionals in the sector since they are responsible for verifying that all the quality protocols in the food chain are met as well as alerting any irregularity. Therefore, the business school has a Master in Quality, Hygiene and Food Safety which aims to transmit to these professionals the scientific knowledge of food, the constant changes of the industry laws and the most important quality standards of the food industry.
Food alert: IMF Business School gives the keys to differentiating real poisoning buds
In Spain only 15 real food alerts have been recorded in the last 3 years, according to the records of AESAN /COMUNICAE/ /COMUNICAE/
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