Management in food safety includes safeguarding business continuity and product quality through risk assessment, personnel and industry training, sharing best practices and case studies, and establishing robust food defense mechanisms.
The COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic that began in 2019 has impacted food safety, primarily in relation to facility sanitation, worker hygiene, personnel shortages and turnover, and ongoing supply chain disruptions.
Food safety culture is an essential, measurable, and sometimes regulated tool for managing food safety in an organizational context. It encompasses accepted behaviors, habits, values, norms, history, and expectations for the myriad ways in which food companies ensure safe food production for consumers.
Best practices in food safety include practices and processes that are followed, recommended, and shared by industry as safe, sustainable, recommended steps to ensure food safety, worker safety, consumer safety, and successful continuity of business operations.
Case studies examine real-life examples or scenarios involving regulatory enforcement or industry best practices in action, analysis of crisis management, technology being used to address contamination of food, or research studies of past events and data.
Crisis management encompasses government and industry management of food safety crises such as foodborne illness outbreaks and associated recalls. Food and beverage recalls by food companies or retail outlets may be due to contamination or adulteration.
Voluntary and compulsory trainings for food safety and quality professionals are offered through government, industry, academic, and corporate programs, classes, internships, certification courses, conferences, and other learning modes.
The European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) has published its annual report for the Scientific Network on Microbiological Risk Assessment, summarizing the network’s activities throughout 2023. The network facilitates scientific cooperation between 25 EU Member States, Switzerland, and Norway.
On the tenth anniversary of mandatory food hygiene rating display in Wales, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) reports a 44 percent increase in the number of Welsh food businesses that have a top hygiene rating of five.
As of November 24, 2023, a fatal foodborne outbreak of salmonellosis linked to cantaloupes has caused 99 illnesses across 32 states in the U.S., and 63 illnesses across five provinces in Canada. A total of three patients have died. A recall has been issued.
The European Commission is poised to make the controversial decision to renew ten-year approval of the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto-Bayer’s Roundup product line, which has come under fire in recent years for its association with cancer.
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (EC’s DG SANTE) recently published a report on the effectiveness of EU Member States’ strategic approaches for fighting food fraud, which informed a guidance document that supports Member State efforts in this area.
On Demand: Our expert panel will examine the increasing importance of cyber-crime mitigation activities for the food industry, discussing the warning signs, the impacts of an attack, and the hidden vulnerabilities in an increasing drive to digitize operational and supply chain assurance.
On Demand:In this webinar, this expert panel will focus on the restaurant and grocery store perspectives. Attendees will walk away with actual strategies to immediately improve food safety culture at their organizations.