In addition to showing the force of the underground movement within the industry that may suddenly catch the attention of people who have ignored it, this photo also depicts some food safety assessment programs that focus on taking "spectacular" snap shots (snap shot audits) based on pre-set standards of expectations without noticing the actual realities at the audited sites (the underground “lava”: attitudes, business tendencies, wasteful traditions, cost burdens, time constraints, time consuming redundancies, etc.) that undermine the effectiveness of assuring the actual safety of the food produced.
The key issues addressed by Dr. Chris Elliot in his Interim Report show signs of the coming shift. One of the key suggestions includes:
- The pride of product safety quality certification drives the system more than the derived reality of product safety and quality consistency.
- Many operators view product safety and quality management as a "project" that is terminable at the point of certification.
- Upon obtaining certification these managers sigh and say: "Phew, we are finally certified". Consequently, the need to perpetually maintain the established systems as part of the normal operation slips.
- A great number of managers promptly go into professional sleep after each audit "pass" until a few days or a few weeks prior to the next audit.
- With much boasting about food safety advances due to more “sophisticated” and “expanded” auditing and certification schemes, some businesses have been lulled into sleeping certified - an extended and temporarily soothing certification sleep.