A new book by one of the UK’s leading food safety experts has been launched to help businesses develop a positive food safety culture.
Developing and Maintaining a Positive Food Safety Culture by Professor Chris Griffith, editor of the British Food Journal and one the world’s leading consultants on food safety, covers key topics such as understanding the concept of food safety culture, its components, promoting a food safety culture within an organisation and related food safety management areas such as leadership, communication and training.
The book compliments the teaching of a new qualification covering the subject – the HABC Level 3 Award in Developing a Positive Food Safety Culture – by respected food safety expert Jude Hutchinson.
Both the book and the qualification – which can be completed in just one day – are aimed specifically at supervisors and owners/managers of food businesses and will allow them to improve the awareness of employees throughout their organisations.
The qualification has been developed by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’), which is the UK’s largest provider of compliance qualifications, whilst Developing and Maintaining a Positive Food Safety Culture is published by Highfied.co.uk.
Professor Griffith, who will be speaking on the subject at the HABC National Conference in Manchester in November, said, ‘For too long, food safety has just been treated as a microbiological problem, but there is now a growing recognition that there is also a major human behavioural component. When known food safety practices are not followed it is all too easy to blame the individual food handler, yet the real underlying causes are often management failures. I know many managers who claim to be supportive of food safety and it is their number one priority, but when I dig deep into the organisation’s culture I discover this is usually NOT the case. Producing a positive food safety culture is easy to say but much more difficult for most businesses to prove’.
Chris Sprenger, Highfield Managing Director, said, ‘With the issue of food safety culture recently dominating the news – particularly regards campylobacter in raw chicken – there is increasing public, media and government scrutiny of the entire food sector. The new book and the qualification will help demonstrate the importance of developing and maintain a positive food safety culture and promote the fact that every staff member is important in achieving this’.
Developing and Maintaining a Positive Food Safety Culture costs just £13.50, with discounts available for larger orders. The qualification costs £14 to £18 per learner depending on the number registered.
A training presentation, which can be delivered via PowerPoint, is also under development.