What is Food Safety Culture?

Organisational culture is a system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs, which governs how people behave within an organisation. When that organisation is part of the food chain, the stakes become so much higher - as the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values of the team will determine the effectiveness of their behaviour when it comes to the implementation of food safety.” 

Research has proved that the majority of foodborne illness outbreaks result from human error. This means that we can have the right food safety management systems in place, we can be compliant with relevant food legislation - and yet we could still battle with food safety challenges. Have you considered the impact of behaviour on your organisational food safety culture?


What does COVID-19 show us about our food safety culture?

The world is in panic, the economy in chaos and we simply cannot put our heads under the nearest rock – even if we wanted to.

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There is a lot written about culture, in many forms.  In recent years, safety culture has been leading the way, 
though there are many fundamental principles which are common to food safety culture.

Food safety culture – now an audit requirement BUT proceed with caution

Food Safety Culture: A Must for Food Processors

What does COVID-19 show us about our food safety culture?

Food Safety Culture Presentations 2018

Food Safety Culture: You Do Have One

Beyond systems and standards, lies culture

Food Safety Culture - The End Justifies the Means | Part 1

Food Safety Culture - The End Justifies the Means (Part 2)

Shared values - the foundation for a culture of food safety

Attributes of a company with a strong food safety culture

Restaurant Rising - Marler’s 12 Step Program

“The goal of the food safety professional should be to create
a food safety culture, not a food safety program.”

Frank Yiannas, Author of Food Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food Safety Management System


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