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Second wave sparks Covid-19 crisis

10 May 2021

A major second wave of Covid-19 has hit India hard in recent weeks – making it the second worst-affected country during the global pandemic, second only to the US. India overtook Brazil last month and has continued to report new records for daily figures almost every 24 hours. The country’s current Covid-19 caseload now stands at more than 21 million confirmed cases – a number which is expected to continue to rise. Medical experts also estimate that millions of undetected cases could mean real figures could be five to 10 times higher than the official tally. While daily case numbers have begun to decline over the last week, testing numbers have also dipped, furthering fears the country’s true caseload is far higher than outbreak data suggests.

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Security Exchange Newsletter | January

01 February 2021

The first edition of the InTouch Monthly for 2021 comes a year after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global public health emergency in response to the outbreak of coronavirus in China. At that time just over 200 people had died; one year later and the virus has claimed more than 2.2m lives across the world. We look at some of the areas where the virus is having the most significant impact, alongside other key issues such as the Afghan peace talks and the farm law protests in India.

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Security Exchange Newsletter | September

05 October 2020

The main topics in this edition of the InTouch Monthly are the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, and the news from Washington DC that US President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19. We also look ahead to the upcoming elections in Cote d'Ivoire and neighbouring Guinea, alongside an update on the ongoing protests in Belarus against President Lukashenko.

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Covid-19 – Business Continuity - A Continual Process for Business Survival

25 September 2020

Business owners across the globe are reeling from the devastating effects of Covid-19. Those with business continuity management systems (BCMS) that they have been able to implement will have been better prepared to address the challenges presented by the initial effects of the pandemic, however that is not to say that such businesses are now able to relax. It is predicted that Covid-19 will linger until such times as an effective vaccine is discovered. In some cases, operating restrictions may be implemented locally or nationally depending on rates of infections and hence, all businesses need to be able to react accordingly.

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Covid-19 – Second Wave Prediction – Have We Finally Woken up to Crisis Preparedness?

11 September 2020

In May this year, Security Exchange specialists posted an article relating to crisis preparedness specifically in respect of Covid-19. All articles can be re-read in our on-line library. The main theme of the article was to highlight the importance of collating all information and basing crisis preparedness strategies around the resources available. At the time, observers commented on the fact that despite being made aware of the potential for a pandemic crisis to occur, crisis managers did little to prepare organisations and society in general for the chaotic effects which Covid-19 unleashed across the globe. Criticism was levelled at the UK Government for failing to take on board findings from the much publicised ‘Cygnus’ project. More specifically, the Government and NHS came under intense scrutiny over their ability … ‘to review its response to an overwhelmed service with reduced staff availability’.

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Covid-19 – Food Safety Concerns and Enforcement Action

09 September 2020

In the post-Covid-19 world, it is perhaps timely to carry out a review of global food safety-related issues. The following short article, produced by Security Exchange Specialists, provides an overview of the actions which enforcement agencies are beginning to take - flexing their muscles and regaining control of the risk-based approach to food safety enforcement.

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Covid-19 – Transmission in Food and Packaging

14 August 2020

Security Exchange product contamination experts are aware of the latest reports out of China relating to possible contamination by Covid-19 via food packaging. Conscious that these reports are not new, we have written this short paper to inform stakeholders who continue to be alarmed by such news. We remain open-minded and aware that there may be a myriad of agendas being brought into the discussion and our short analysis revisits the science and findings shared so far.

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Security Exchange Newsletter | July

05 August 2020

This edition of the InTouch Monthly is once again dominated by the global coronavirus pandemic. At the end of July, more than 17 million people had tested positive for the virus and 670,000 people had died across the world. The number of cases passed 500,000 in South Africa, while countries across Europe are reporting a rise in case numbers, prompting fears of a 'second wave.' Almost 100,000 people have been killed by the virus in Brazil, and the economic impact of the pandemic is causing civil unrest throughout South America.

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Covid-19 – Revisiting Health and Safety Workplace Standards

14 July 2020

Employers should now be reassessing health and safety standards associated with their places of work. Politicians and leading figures from health and safety enforcement agencies have emphasised the importance of implementing measures to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of employees returning to work. Security Exchange’s Grant Cropper takes a look at how the health and safety landscape for workplaces has altered.

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Security Exchange Newsletter | June

03 July 2020

This edition of the InTouch Monthly covers the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) alongside other key events that took place in June, such as the controversial new security law in Hong Kong, the economic crisis in Lebanon and the rise in criminality in parts of Latin America.

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Meat Processing Plants - A microclimate for Covid-19

01 July 2020

With close to 30,000 meat plant workers in the US and Europe testing positive with Covid-19 symptoms and around 100 deaths, questions are once more being asked if the coronavirus can be transmitted on the surface of food and indeed whether the food is safe to eat. Eric Smith and other meat industry experts share their opinions on this latest coronavirus concern and provide an explanation as to why so many outbreaks may be occurring within meat and poultry processing plants.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Fraud & Scams

16 June 2020

Over recent months, there has been a significant increase in the reporting of fraudulent activity, as criminals and fraudsters exploit the global coronavirus pandemic. Some of these so-called 'Covid-19 scams' involve selling protective equipment or hygiene products. INTERPOL recently issued a warning, encouraging the public to exercise caution when purchasing medical supplies online due to the universal surge in Covid-19 scams. Surgical masks and other medical supplies are in high demand and in some cases hard to obtain commercially – leading to criminal exploitation of the fear and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. Scammers will go to extreme lengths to give the illusion of legitimacy, including setting up fake websites, online shops, email addresses and even social media accounts to sell fake or counterfeit items.

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Food Fraud & Product Integrity

11 June 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to the opportunity for fraudulent behaviour. Classic examples observed during the Covid-19 crisis are those of bogus medical devices, pharmaceutical products, therapeutic cures, testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE). This has brought to the forefront the need for continued vigilance since food fraud is also on the increase. The supply of assured food sources around the globe is no exception. As food safety authorities were introducing strategies to combat the effects of Covid-19, fraudsters were drawing up plans to take advantage of vulnerabilities associated with the world’s food supply chain. The fight to deal with food fraudsters is one which is still ongoing. Professor Elliott who was a key figure in the Horsemeat scandal believes that food fraud activity is a growing problem. “Wherever you look for fraud, in developed or developing countries, you will find it.”

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Security Exchange Newsletter | May

01 June 2020

The May edition of InTouch Monthy is, once again, dominated by the global outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19). There have been more than 6.15m confirmed cases of the virus and 371,000 deaths have been recorded. Several countries are also starting to ease lockdown restrictions, despite fears over a 'second wave' later in the year.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - US FDA Food Product Recall: A Changing Landscape

22 May 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, Covid-19 has dominated the headlines. Firms have concentrated on ensuring that they have remained alert to the threat posed by the pandemic virus sweeping the globe. Lost amid this frantic activity is guidance issued by the FDA relating to Product Recalls, Including Removals and Corrections. Released in March 2020, the Product Recalls, Including Removals and Corrections Guidance for Industry is intended to provide guidance and recommendations to FDA regulated industry. Points to note include what information firms should give to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and how they should notify their customers about product recalls. A copy of the latest guidance is available here.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Planning for a Return to a New Normal

13 May 2020

Covid-19 lockdown measures have been an essential tool in managing our response to the virus in this period of time when no vaccine is available. We are now mostly aware and familiar with the science, specifically the R-number which, in simple terms, must be kept below 1. At that level, an infected person can be expected to infect just one other person and the lower the number gets, below one, the faster the rate of infections will fall. Without a vaccine, the only way to get the R-number below 1 has been to impose social isolation and distancing and, in many cases, this strategy has proved to be effective and successful.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Crisis Preparation

06 May 2020

They say that hindsight is a wonderful thing. To be able to look back after an event has taken place and understand the importance and impact that it has had and to further understand measures which should have been put in place, inclusive of crisis preparedness, is an easy thing to do. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, archives have been reviewed for evidence of crisis preparedness and thoughtful consideration of what would be reasonable for an event taking place on the scale and magnitude of the pandemic. Three sources of information exist which make curious reading. Reviewing such evidence, it may be claimed that lessons could have been learned to better equip authorities to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Security Exchange Newsletter | April

01 May 2020

This edition of the InTouch Monthly continues to focus on the impact that coronavirus (Covid-19) is having in all of the regions. As of 13:25 on 1 May there have been 3,274,747 confirmed cases and 233,791 deaths across the world.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Crisis Management Briefings

27 April 2020

Head of Product Integrity, Eric Smith, speaks to Jay Tolley, a microbiologist specialising in food safety, to discuss the latest scientific guidance about Covid-19 and what actions food businesses should be taking in response to the outbreak.

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