What is Food Safety Culture and Why Is It Important?

Cynthia Weber, April 3, 2023

BRCGS, Food Safety, FSSC 22000, GFSI, SQF

Food Safety Culture refers to the collective attitudes, values, and behaviors of everyone involved in the production, preparation, and consumption of food within an organization. It’s an organizational culture that prioritizes food safety as a fundamental value and integrates it into every aspect of the business, from the top management to the frontline employees.

Food Safety Culture is important because it helps to ensure the safety and quality of the food produced, reduces the risk of foodborne illnesses, and protects the organization’s brand reputation. It also helps to build trust with customers, regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders and ensures compliance with food safety regulations.

A strong Food Safety Culture requires ongoing commitment, communication, and training from everyone involved in food production. It involves creating a shared understanding of the importance of food safety, promoting a proactive approach to risk management, encouraging reporting and continuous improvement, and holding individuals accountable for their actions.

Food Safety Culture is essential for protecting public health and maintaining the reputation of an organization. By fostering a strong Food Safety Culture, organizations can demonstrate their commitment to food safety and ensure they produce safe, high-quality food for their customers.

Food Safety Culture is also required by GFSI-recognized schemes such as SQF, FSSC 22000, and BRCGS as well as the FDA’s New Era of Food Safety Blueprint.

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