Consumers today take the journey from farm to plate seriously and many are aware of where their food comes from, and how it is prepared. With the internet at our fingertips, we can quickly access recent reviews, news and facts surrounding food safety within a business in seconds. Depending on the information we find, it can highly influence our decision on which brand or establishment to trust.
Food safety is something not to be ignored and the consequences can be serious for a business that chooses to ignore it. In May 2016 the BBC reported on a restaurant owner in North Yorkshire, who had been jailed for six years, for the manslaughter of a customer. The owner had chosen cheaper ingredients containing peanuts but had not made it clear the meal contained them. This swap had sadly cost a customer’s life due to suffering from a severe nut allergy. The jury stated he had, “Put profit before safety”. This situation could have been avoided if the correct food safety requirements had been met.
By gaining an ISO 22000 it shows to others that you take the safety of food seriously and are complying with food safety regulations. As many of today’s food products repeatedly cross national boundaries, International Standards are needed to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain. ISO 22000 acts as a guarantee to food safety, quality & security for your business.
Good food safety management within your business is not just about obeying the law and being socially responsible, it also makes good business sense. After all, it could cost someone’s life.