The importance of food safety

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At first we can take a look at the consumer expectations. Consumers want food that is fit to eat, and food safety is high on their list of concerns. They expect food handlers to do everything possible to keep food safe and wholesome. Consumers can get a bad impact of illness. Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food.

Even mild symptoms can cause considerable discomfort and could be life threatening.High standards of food safety bring important benefits to everyone-consumers, employees, business properties and community in general. But there are high ‘costs’ from poor food safety including pain and discreet for individuals, the loss of business profits and reputation and the public costs of medical cure.

The number of recorded causes of food poisoning in the UK has dropped from record high levels, but there are still thousands of cases every year as well as some death. It is important to remember that true number of cases is probably far higher than the statistics. Most of the figures are reported by doctor, but not everyone sees a doctor with symptoms such as an upset stomach, sickness or diarrhoea, so their illness is not officially recorded.

Benefits of effective food safety:

  • Satisfied customers.
  • A good reputation.
  • Loyal customers.
  • Less food wastage and controlled running costs.
  • A pleasant place to work.
  • Compliance with food safety laws.
  • Better job security.

Costs of poor food safety:

  • Food poisoning.
  • A bad reputation.
  • Customer complaints and possible loss of benefit.
  • Higher running costs because food has to be thrown away.
  • Poor working conditions.
  • Legal action and penalties.
  • Possible redundancies and closure of the business.

The writer Claire Nash of the book  Food Safety First Principlesir?t discussed about all the food safety and their impacts. This book provides the information’s on what are the main reasons of food poisoning, how the foods get poisoned, what we can do to keep the food safety, learn about the laws of food safety etc.


We all need to eat and drink to stay alive, so it is important that our food does not harm us any way. Everyone who works with food has a special responsibility for safeguarding the health of customers. Food safety first principles concentrate on the first principles of good practice. It covers the things you need to do ensure that the food you make, serve or sell is perfectly safe to eat. All the principles are based on thorough scientific research, sound operational experience and legal requirements.


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