Food safety culture is an area of recent development and great interest within the food and beverage industry. Businesses in pursuit of precision emulate one another without necessarily realizing that the existing talent pool impacts and influences the established food safety culture.
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While food safety legislation have evolved with time, so have the food safety management systems. That being said, the overall success of the established food safety culture relies chiefly on the existing work culture as opposed to recently adapted operational changes.
Some of the areas to consider before chalking the path towards food safety culture include communication channels, fluid management, organizational vision, and/or mission, emergency preparedness.
Communication channels. Effective communication is not necessarily black and white; the gray areas don’t often get highlighted. This is where it’s easy for information to slip between the cracks, between the unison of hard sciences and soft skills. The most common approaches to communication channels have either been the top-down or bottom-up flow.
About Judy Sebastian
Judy Sebastian, Food Quality & Safety's blogger, has a dual specialization in public health and safety and organizational development. Equipped with over 10 years of experience in food safety systems implementation, workplace culture assessments, and talent development strategies, she is passionate about global food culture and how it impacts our daily lives. Judy is a certified trainer and consultant with Dubai-based consultancy Apex Food Consultants and is currently based in Portland, Ore. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.