Identifying support mechanisms to overcome barriers to food safety scheme certification in the food and drink manufacturing industry in Wales, UK.
Evans, Ellen W.
Taylor, Helen R.
Taylor and Francis
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Obtaining food safety certification is essential for food manufacturers. Potential barriers to obtaining certification are complex, interrelated and broadly relate to, ‘knowledge and skills’, ‘time, cost and resources’, and ‘communication and access to information’. This study aimed to explore requirements for support to enable food manufacturers in Wales to overcome identified barriers. Food manufacturers (n=37) participated in group discussions (n=2) and completed online-questionnaires (n=29). Support mechanisms, perceived necessary to obtain food safety certification included; funding for training and audit-fees, support for implementing food safety scheme documentation, on-site support through mentoring/coaching and pre-audits. Findings identify the need for a food safety scheme certification support package pathway incorporating online, off-site, on-site and financial support to assist food and drink manufacturers obtain third-party food safety certification. Such assistance would support three critical areas. Findings may inform development of support mechanisms to increase uptake of food safety certification and accelerate food-sector growth.
International Journal Of Environmental Health Research;
Evans, E.W., Lacey, J. and Taylor, H.R. (2020) 'Identifying support mechanisms to overcome barriers to food safety scheme certification in the food and drink manufacturing industry in Wales, UK', International Journal of Environmental Health Research, pp.1-16.
Article published in International Journal of Environmental Health Research on 14 May 2020, available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09603123.2020.1761011.
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
This study was funded by the Welsh Government Food Division.
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