Food safety for the 21st century

With the advent of the mega food safety recall, there is a reoccurring call to develop prevention based systems for food processors. This can be accomplished by implementing a food safety management system based on HACCP and GMPs. ISO 22000 and other food safety management system standards accomplish this.

In addition, there is a need to update the regulatory system to ensure food processors have a strong prevention based food safety system.

In 2003, the National Academies of Sciences published Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food. This publication was requested by Congress through the Food and Drug Administration and the USDA/Food Safety Inspection Service. It accomplished the following objectives:

  • Defined the terms “performance standard” and “performance criteria.”
  • Evaluated the scientific basis for existing criteria.
  • Defined the science-based process to establish food safety criteria.
  • Examined whether current criteria accomplish what they purport to accomplish.
  • Reviewed the need for performance standards as measures of process control.
  • Recommended changes for improvement.

The publication makes a recommendations to the regulatory agencies to improve the development of food safety regulations and criteria.

The basic work is completed, all that needs to be done is the implementation of the NAS recommendations.


This text is can be read on the National Academies Press website at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10690

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One Response

  1. I work in a private industry aimed at many things — one of them ensuring food safety and traceability. However, I saw an article today (I am not web savvy enough to know how to link it for you here) that I just HAD to write a post about because it was so tragically inane — it had to do with food safety. I usually don’t write posts of that nature (although I’m new to blogging). I feel the hysteria (obsessiveness?) is a little over the top in some cases and will be detrimental to the food industry in the long run.

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