A food safety program’s main motto is to assure if a business is ensuring food safety of its consumer while selling it. It is a written document which indicates a plan where it is described how a food business has to curb the food safety hazards related to food handling activities of the business. It is a crucial tool to support business handle, sell or process potentially hazardous foods. This is essential to protect public health and maintain safe food handling practices.
The food safety programs are proven systems for handling food safety. If these programs are followed and developed properly, validates the food sold by a business is safe. In addition to that, these food safety programs assist in managing business better through cost control and improved record keeping. A well implemented and appropriate food safety program aid a food business in demonstrating that entire due diligence was practiced to control a breach of the Act.
These food businesses have option to use two types of programs, first could be a registered template and second one is independent, audited program. However, most of the businesses adopt the department-development food safety program template for food service and class 2 retail businesses.
Mostly high risk food businesses demands for food safety programs. Businesses that cater to the potentially hazardous food for service to the people such as aged care residents, hospitals patients and children in child care centres. The programs are also implementable to the meal organizations that deliver food to above mentioned vulnerable people. After that, seafood businesses that are into primary production or processing, or concerning the manufacturing activities must implement a documented food safety management systems that are capable of controlling sudden hazards. Along with that, businesses that produce fermented and manufactured meats needs to have a proper food safety management system.
A food safety program have some crucial guidelines which is inclusive of systematic identification of food safety hazards that have higher probability while handling operations of food business. It should be able to identify where a hazard could occur and the plan to control it. This guideline comprise systematic monitoring of the means of control and appropriate corrective action which needs to be taken in a condition when identified hazard gets out of control. It also offers a regular review of the program to make it sure if it’s appropriate for the food business. Along with that, keeping records up-to-date is essential with a prescribed regulation related to the control of food safety hazard.
Now-a-days, most of the countries are adopting food safety programs. Even the Dutch agency is devoting its 2019 budget to the food safety programs. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) is anticipated to devote its more than half resources to food safety this year.
The plan intends to commence tasks and priorities for monitoring animals and plants health, the safety of food and consumer products, animal welfare and enforcement of legislation. The budget set by NVWA is same as last year which is approximately €350 million ($400 million).