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.” 


Food safety culture – you have one

My fears have come true, auditors asking to see evidence of a food safety culture. It is on the checklist. The problem is not that it is on the checklist but rather HOW we will audit it and assess it.


So do you have a food safety culture?

What is the right answer to this question? What evidence would you like me to provide you with to show we have a food safety culture, like I would show you if we have a complaints procedure and records of complaints?


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?



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 - The End Justifies the Means
(Part 1)

In the food industry there have been a number of instances that echo with the story of a swimmer fighting for his life. The question that food safety professionals have to ask is: Am I prepared to dive in?

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

The food industry, like any other, is not a perfect world scenario, and parallels between the case study in Part 1 and potential risky situations in food premises equate to consequences to consumers

Shared values - the foundation for a culture of food safety

I frequently discuss the importance of having a food safety culture with operators of a variety types of companies, and they all seem to tell me the same thing: “my company has a great food safety culture."

Beyond systems and standards, lies culture

It is time to realise that we need something more than just systems and checklists to manage and improve food safety in South Africa. We need to figure out what it is we've missed, and do it!

Food Safety Culture Presentations

We were privileged to host an amazing wealth of knowledge at this year's Food Safety Culture Workshop held this year in Johannesburg. You can view some of the speakers presentations here.

Attributes of a company with a strong food safety culture

This article briefly cover the elements that Frank Yiannas considers to be the characteristics of an effective food safety culture, and more importantly, why food safety culture is so important

Restaurant Rising –
Marler’s 12 Step Program

Were I  the CEO of a 1,900-store restaurant chain with 45,000 employees and had just had six foodborne illness outbreaks in six months, what would I do this coming Monday morning?

Our food safety culture train-the-trainer workshop was an engaging and inspiring event,
we look forward to seeing what the delegates will be up to in the months ahead...


Here are some snaps of the event, we had a great time with a passionate crowd of people


“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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We believe the time for a national food safety culture conversation is now. 
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