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Increasing HACCP awareness: a training intervention for caterers

By Denise Worsfold and Philip Worsfold

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The European Union Food Hygiene Regulations, which will apply to member states from 2005/06, will replace the existing body of food hygiene legislation with more modern, risk-based requirements. Food businesses (except those in primary production) will be required to put in place food safety management procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles. In the UK, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set itself the target of reducing foodborne disease by 20% by 2006. It plans to do this by improving food safety through the food chain and has formulated an action plan for the catering industry which includes training, provision of guidance materials, business support and monitoring. In Wales, the FSA and the Welsh Development Agency have jointly funded local authorities to raise the HACCP awareness of caterers. This paper reviews the approach used to raise HACCP awareness by the Local Authorities South East Wales Food Group. The Group commissioned the design, delivery and evaluation of a Hygiene and HACCP training course for caterers. Questionnaires were used to evaluate caterers’ knowledge and perceptions of, and attitudes towards, hygiene and HACCP before, during and after training. A final questionnaire was mailed out to participants several months after the training course had finished. The results show that prior to training, the understanding of HACCP, hazards, risk and risk management was low. The results also show that caterers were not hostile to this system of food hygiene management. Following training, participants showed a greater awareness of HACCP but their perceptions of risk were still low. Some participants claimed to have implemented the HACCP system in their business following training. Many caterers believed that additional assistance would be required to help them proceed with HACCP implementation

Topics: HD28
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1177/146642400512500317
OAI identifier: oai:http://orca.cf.ac.uk:40094
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