The Prince makes several good points and there are more to consider. Ensuring the safety of food consumers extends beyond the usual focus on contamination control. Although such controls are essential in the assurance of food safety, they constitute only a fraction of the necessary considerations with regards to consumer protection. What is viewed as food contamination can even be ambiguous in some instances. For example, while the presence of allergens could be fatal to susceptible individuals, this is not a bona fide contamination concern for individuals who are not susceptible.
An institutionalized and dangerously narrow view of consumer protection:
Ensuring the safety of food for consumers is the noble intention of food safety management programs. However, the scope of considerations is often narrowly focused on the control of contamination. Attention must certainly be given to food contamination control at the same time that other (collateral) considerations must be given equal attention.
Most people in affluent countries do not see these (sufficiency and equitable distribution of food) as significant issues. However, places abound where availability of nourishing food is of grave concern. Even affluent countries have such places, albeit, in small pockets.
How would this guy define food safety?
Control of Food Wastage:
Even with food that is not "contaminated" there is a wide array of harm that could be caused by different kinds of food, depending on consumption rates, individual susceptibility, processing or preparation methods, etc. Any food business that is actually determined to pursue the noble cause of protecting consumers must learn and implement measures that cover the full scope of considerations. SSQA provides a door to the full scope. The systemic negligence of the industry has gone on for too long.
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