Food safety performance indicators to benchmark food safety output of food safety management systems

L. Jacxsens, M. Uyttendaele, F. Devlieghere, J. Rovira, S. Oses Gomez, P.A. Luning

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Abstract

There is a need to measure the food safety performance in the agri-food chain without performing actual microbiological analysis. A food safety performance diagnosis, based on seven indicators and corresponding assessment grids have been developed and validated in nine European food businesses. Validation was conducted on the basis of an extensive microbiological assessment scheme (MAS). The assumption behind the food safety performance diagnosis is that food businesses which evaluate the performance of their food safety management system in a more structured way and according to very strict and specific criteria will have a better insight in their actual microbiological food safety performance, because food safety problems will be more systematically detected. The diagnosis can be a useful tool to have a first indication about the microbiological performance of a food safety management system present in a food business. Moreover, the diagnosis can be used in quantitative studies to get insight in the effect of interventions on sector or governmental level
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S180-S187
JournalInternational Journal of Food Microbiology
Volume141
Issue numberSuppl. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • industry
  • quality
  • chain
  • care

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