Saving human lives

Carel du Marchie Sarvaas explains how innovations in animal health are serving up safer food and considers ways we might further improve quality standards in the future.

Around the world, food systems are experiencing a trust deficit. A 2020 global survey, for example, found that only 18 percent1 of respondents trusted companies to guarantee the safety of their food, revealing a gulf between public perception and the realities of production.

The fact is that in many developed economies, good animal health and hygiene practices, supported by game-changing veterinary innovations,2 have radically improved food systems in recent decades. Foodborne illnesses derived from milk, meat or eggs are at historically low levels, with incidents often only becoming national news due to their rarity.