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Friday, 26 August 2011

Achieving Success in Food & Health Protection

If you are following the recall stories, you may find it depressing that there are so many of them. This is not to suggest that the situation has become hopeless. It is quite the contrary. We can do something about this if we know the true enemies. Several factors interfere with, or hinder the achievement of success in food & health protection. Examples include:
  • Evaluations schemes that give a false sense of accomplishment
  • Lack of financial resources
  • Lack of human resource
  • High employee turnover rates
  • Lack of awareness or adequate knowledge
  • Employee indifference or laziness
  • Resistance to change
  • Excessive focus on profit-making schemes
  • Criminal intent
  • Politics, political agendas or protectionism
  • Unfair competition and greed-driven economic opportunism
  • Irrelevant and resource-draining rules imposed by external parties 

The inhibitors to success can be defeated but we urgently need to spend our resources and energies in fighting the real enemies. 

A wasteful commitment to fighting the wrong enemies or only some of the real enemies is exactly that – wasteful. Any real enemy that is ignored will undermine all of the resources poured into fighting the wrong enemies or fighting only some of the enemies such as microorganisms. Perhaps you know of some of the interfering factors that are not listed above. Please feel free to share. We are in this together since we are all consumers. 

You are invited to join the fight. Join GCSE-Food& Health Protection.