Elanco has announced that it will launch a new business platform focused on food safety. The company will market food-safety products and services to the food-animal industry through Elanco Food Solutions.
“Consumers have high expectations for their food to be safe, so Elanco Food Solutions is providing technologies to reduce food-borne pathogens in packing and processing plants,” said K. Douglas Miller, director of Elanco Food Solutions. “We realize there is no ‘silver-bullet’ solution, which is why we will deliver multiple pre- and post-harvest interventions for beef, poultry and pork packers and processors that are part of a total pathogen-control system for the meat and poultry industries.”
Elanco will develop new technologies that will help the food chain protect consumers from harmful food-borne pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Listeria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that food-borne diseases cause an annual 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the U.S. each year1. Food-borne illnesses cost the United States between $5 billion and $22 billion annually, with Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 alone costing more than $3 billion.
“By 2050, the world population is projected to increase by 3 billion people and world food demand is expected to double,” said Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco. “This convergence not only means further globalization of the food chain to meet demand but also heightened awareness of how food is produced and processed on its way to families and communities around the world.”
Simmons cited a 2008 Gallup study which revealed that 60 percent of U.S. consumers report avoiding certain foods or brands as a result of government-issued food-safety recalls or advisories. “Even in these tough economic conditions, concerns about food safety are still top-of-mind,” Simmons said. “A multiple-intervention strategy allows the food chain to help reduce the likelihood of food-borne illnesses and increase consumer confidence in our food supply.”
“Elanco Food Solutions is very excited about the opportunity to be a leader in providing new food-safety technologies and services that will help packers and processors meet the growing demand for safe, wholesome food,” added Miller. “We are proud we’ll be offering a comprehensive line of food-safety products — from pre-harvest to ready-to-eat meat — for multiple species that are part of the food chain’s total pathogen-control systems.”