Improving the safety and security of fruits and vegetables during COVID-19 pandemic with postharvest handling


Kahramanoğlu İ., Rengasamy K. R. R. , Usanmaz S., Alas T., Helvacı M., OKATAN V. , ...More

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10408398.2021.1935703
  • Title of Journal : Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
  • Keywords: Agricultural policies, consumers' demand, food crisis, horticultural production, international trade, postharvest losses, EDIBLE COATINGS, CHILLING INJURY, FOOD SECURITY, SOIL-SALINITY, SHELF-LIFE, QUALITY, STORAGE, IMPACT, AGRICULTURE, CONSUMPTION

Abstract

© 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.The COVID-19 pandemic has damaged the world’s economy during 2020-2021, reduced the purchasing power of households, partially restricted international movements and trade (including food products) and damaged horticultural production. This resulted in uncertainty in the food business and caused food supply shocks. According to some scientists, business people, and politicians, this situation is a forerunner and warning for humanity to change its lifestyle by focusing on sustainable measures to prevent natural ecosystems damage. In line with this, the present review article focused on the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on horticultural production and some prevention measures. It has been scientifically confirmed that the postharvest losses of fruits and vegetables reach around 10-15% in developed countries and about 20-40% in developing countries, higher in some specific crops. It is believed that reducing these losses can help the world fight food supply shocks during the COVID-19 pandemic and customary conditions to reduce the pressure on natural resources. Therefore, the present paper aimed to highlight some critical handling practices against food supply shocks.