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An industry perspective: A new model of Food Safety Culture Excellence and the impact of audit on food safety standards

Joanne Taylor (Taylor Shannon International, Manchester, UK)
Jean Pierre Garat (Royal Catering, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Samer Simreen (Royal Catering, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Ghida Sarieddine (Royal Catering, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 9 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to outline the food safety roles and responsibilities within the industry that play an important role in the success of government initiatives, demonstrated using a new model of Food Safety Culture Excellence. It is the sixth article in a Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes theme issue presenting a comprehensive government strategy for improving food safety management standards across the hospitality industry.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study is used to demonstrate the impact of auditing the 16 dimensions of Food Safety Culture Excellence in practice. The business selected was the first in Abu Dhabi to achieve regulatory compliance for HACCP-based food safety management, and the first to conduct a Food Safety Culture Excellence audit in the United Arab Emirates.

Findings

This article demonstrates how the concept of food safety culture works in practice, using the Food Safety Culture Excellence Model with four categories and 16 dimensions. It demonstrates how the auditing of culture within a business can highlight strengths and weaknesses and facilitate continual improvement.

Originality/value

The article represents the first published model of Food Safety Culture Excellence, an extensively researched and tested model developed by Taylor Shannon International Ltd. and launched in conjunction with Campden BRI in 2014. It also demonstrates the first audit of the model in practice.

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Citation

Taylor, J., Garat, J.P., Simreen, S. and Sarieddine, G. (2015), "An industry perspective: A new model of Food Safety Culture Excellence and the impact of audit on food safety standards", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 78-89. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-12-2014-0041

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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