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Food Safety

Published by Safety Net Team

June 18, 2024

Food safety is the protection of consumers from harm from food. Compliance with food safety legislation — including the implementation and maintenance of food safety management systems based on the Codex principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) — reduces the risk of food poisoning or food-borne disease outbreaks and other hazards occurring.

Food safety law is enforced by environmental health practitioners employed by local authorities. The food business operator is the person responsible for ensuring that legal requirements are met.

What is food safety

Food safety is the safeguarding of consumers’ health and wellbeing from food hazards. A food hazard is something that has the potential to cause harm and includes:

  • microbial, bacterial and viral contamination
  • physical contamination, eg glass, plastic
  • chemical contamination, eg cleaning chemicals
  • allergens.

The three general principles of food safety are as follows.

  1. To protect food from contamination and cross-contamination.
  2. To prevent microbial survival and multiplication.
  3. To reduce microorganisms to safe levels (by cooking, processing and cleaning/disinfection).

Food safety is an integral part of the success of a food business; the costs of poor standards of food hygiene can be significant and costly and include:

  • loss of consumer confidence
  • damage to reputation
  • higher costs (cleaning, food wastage, pest control, etc)
  • poor staff morale and high staff turnover
  • increased risk of pest infestation and food-borne illnesses
  • increased risk of prosecution.

Food safety involves good hygiene practices that ensure food is safe to eat and of the quality demanded.

Good hygiene practices reduce the risk of food poisoning by specific controls for:

  • preventing contamination and cross-contamination
  • preventing bacterial multiplication
  • reducing microbes to safe levels.

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