Food safety and the risk assessment of ethnic minority food retail businesses

Rudder, A 2006, 'Food safety and the risk assessment of ethnic minority food retail businesses' , Food Control, 17 (3) , pp. 189-196.

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Food safety compliance amongst ethnic minority food retail businesses has been identified as being less than satisfactory. In order to identify barriers to compliance, a research project was undertaken which identified 40 food retail businesses which had a record of nonconformance to acceptable food safety standards. These businesses were risk assessed by environmental health officers (EHOs) and given an appropriate category commensurate with their performance. Over a six month period the businesses were offered advice and cultural and communication issues were addressed. Seminars and one to one support were offered to the businesses. After a six month period a further risk assessment was undertaken. The results showed 26 (65%) of businesses had improved their risk assessment, 6 (15%) had remained the same, 4 (10%) exhibited some deterioration in standards and 4 (10%) had deteriorated a full category. In conclusion, the research recognizes that language difficulties and lack of knowledge and understanding of the principles of food safety are a major barrier to promoting food safety however when support is offered it can make a significant difference to working practices.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Subjects / Themes > K Law > K Law (General) > K3840 Regulation of industry, trade, and commerce. Occupational law > K3926 Food processing industries
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TP Chemical technology > TP368 Food processing and manufacture
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Journal or Publication Title: Food Control
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0956-7135
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2007 15:03
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:03

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