Brexit and the Implications of Food Safety Cultural Compliance in the Food Manufacturing Sector

Watson, Derek, Yap, S, Pandi, S, Husband, J and Tekelas, F (2018) Brexit and the Implications of Food Safety Cultural Compliance in the Food Manufacturing Sector. Acta Scientific Microbiology, 1 (4). ISSN 2581-3226

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In theory food safety is a critical measurement, not just for economic and legal reasons but also for the moral integrity of the organisation. However, in reality, the number of accidents or incidents particularly in the food manufacturing sector is a serious cause for concern. The problem is further compounded with the onset of Brexit. Given the UK government’s floundering negotiation talks and the pending conservative leadership challenge, it has resulted in a climate of uncertainty, a devaluation of currency and economic instability. Food manufacturers along with other commercial businesses are reluctant to further invest until the economic future is more transparent. In consequence, food manufacturers are seeking efficiency savings, whilst aiming not to compromise food safety compliance. Whilst there are areas of best practice, sadly there are an increasing number of examples in which failure to comply to food safety is resulting in lost of business, serious injury and in certain cases fatalities. This paper addresses Food Safety Cultural Compliance within UK Food Manufacturers and identifies core issues that hinder the establishment of a proactive food safety culture. The research study adopts a mixed methods approach in which five UK food manufacturers were consulted via 15 semi-structured interviews with management and three focused groups. The data collected clearly indicates a commitment to food safety compliance. However, the majority of organisations struggled to maintain consistent levels of food safety compliance despite implementing costly training and development initiatives. Their strategic and operational drive to both enhance and maintain a positive food safety culture was also undermined with the uncertainty of economic pressures and the quagmire of Brexit. The paper concludes with a series of commercially viable recommendations within the context of the Brexit divorce and provides a clear contribution to the community of practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Business and Management > Business and Management
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism
Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > School of Business
Depositing User: Barry Hall
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 16:04
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 16:06
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