Food Safety Culture Excellence Improves Consumer Confidence
Strong cultures also protect consumers – the Institute of Food Science and Technology found that there are 54% less food handling errors in businesses that have a strong culture.
We also see strong cultures improve business performance. Businesses with immature food safety cultures can see a drop of over 20% in sales compared to those that are more mature.
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Support Compliance to Standards
Culture requirements are included in our Standards, a position now adopted by GFSI. The lack of a culture plan is the main non-conformity found in sites and a growing number of companies are also taking a greater interest in cultural performance as they seek additional assurance from their suppliers.
Maintain Regulatory Compliance
A recent revision to HACCP and the Codex Alimentarius states that food manufacturers must “Build a positive food safety culture by demonstrating their commitment to providing safe and suitable food and encouraging appropriate food safety practices;” This revision introduces the food safety culture concept as a general principle to increase awareness and improve the behavior of employees in establishments.
The European Commission recently announced its intention to include food safety culture as a general principle into Regulation (EC) No 852/2004. Recognising the important role that culture plays in effective food safety management, the new requirements will align regulation with the evolving expectations of consumers and trade partners and drives businesses to commit to culture improvements. The revised regulation is expected to be adopted within the next few months.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced Food safety Culture requirements to influence the beliefs, attitudes, and, most importantly, the behaviours of people and the actions of organizations.
State regulators in Australia / NZ have also introduced food safety culture requirements in the Dairy sector.
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