PROTECTING THE CONSUMERS THROUGH FOOD SAFETY

It is important to consider the practice of good food hygiene for a food business in accordance to rules and regulations, its food license and how the operator can benefit from it. Aside from the acquisition of food license, it is important for all food businesses to operate in a manner to protect the public by means of “food safety” wherein there is a discipline in handling, preparation and storage of foods to prevent food borne illnesses.

There are a number of routines that should be followed to avoid health hazards in order to prevent harm to consumers. As a result of good food hygiene, there will be more satisfied customers. Food safety is covered under legislation and those food establishments with good food hygiene systems, it remains in the legislation.

What are good food safety practices?

Factors to be considered on food safety includes the origin of foods including food labelling, the date it was manufactured and the date of expiration, food additives and food guidelines that might help in the import and export inspection and certification coming from the health department.

In India, the FSSAI or Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has been established through the Food Safety and Standards of 2006 in regulating the food related business and issues. Their standard for safety is regulating the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure safety food for human consumption.

It is mandatory for all food business operators to acquire the food license under FSSAI to give the consumers the assurance of “food safety” aside from the impact of getting more profit.

Is there training for Food safety?

Once you get into food business and employ staff, you will make sure that they should undergo a proper training for the business. This covers the basic training on food safety as well as food handling. Some countries require the food safety training as a “legal” requirement and there are trainings that can be availed through online accredited training courses; classroom based accredited training courses; use of manuals to instruct staff and a consultant for in-house training.

For some food establishment, they will have their current employee to have proper training and certificates that are registered to become a food safety supervisor.

The food safety supervisor must attend the training whether online or in a classroom through a registered training organization. The training varies on the food industry or food establishment being operated. She/he is responsible for ensuring all food safety codes for the day-to-day operation of the food business, the staff should also be aware of the food safety codes or regulations since this can affect how you build your business and how food is handled during the operation.

The effects without the good practice on food safety and hygiene could be food poisoning which could result in death, food complaints, brand damage, legal costs and closure fines, loss of production and high staff turnover and others.

Aside from incurring the necessary permits and licenses (food license), food safety is considerably one factor in providing safe food for consumers.