Posted on: June 1, 2022 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Highlights

  • A good food safety culture can reduce incidents involving fresh produce.
  • Food safety culture must be taken into consideration in food safety management systems.
  • Culture improvement could be achieved more effectively if done through the entire supply chain.
  • Continuous improvement in food handler behavior is possible through monitoring and measuring.
  • Development of horticulture-specific mixed-method measurements is necessary.

Abstract

Background

Fresh produce-related foodborne illnesses suggest that the horticulture sector should focus on food safety culture in food safety management systems across supply chains. Food safety culture was recently included in horticulture standards. This will require better understanding, integration into businesses, and monitoring to reduce foodborne illnesses in horticulture.

Scope and approach

This review was done to determine the definitions and methods for measuring food safety culture in the context Australian horticulture industry. A study was done to determine how to integrate positive food safety culture into existing food security management systems. The roadmap to improve food safety culture in Australian horticulture was presented. It highlights the opportunities and challenges.

Conclusions and key findings

Mixed-method performance assessments were the best and most valid to guide the development of a mature culture for food safety. They are also the most useful for horticulture businesses. Feedback from regular culture assessments can help to develop a food safety culture. This will lead to greater knowledge, alignment of attitudes and improved food safety and hygiene behavior. It would be beneficial to develop measurement tools specific to horticulture operations. Despite unexpected challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemics, the Australian Horticulture Industry continues to examine the effectiveness of its food safety management.

 

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