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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Food Safety and Food Security – GCSE-Food & Health Protection Definitions

Food Safety is a discipline comprising of the concepts, conditions, considerations, education, expertise, provisions, processes, measures, actions and practices relating to ensuring the state in which food does not cause harm to the consumer.

Food Security (the single term used here to represent a combination of food defense and adequate supply):   is the deliberate and adequate protection of food that is already safe against acts of sabotage or other malicious intentions to ensure the protection of consumers; as well as the deliberate and adequate provision of sufficient, nutritious and affordable supply of food that is safe for the consumer everywhere, thereby alleviating the fears or concerns of consumers about having food.

Fundamental Understanding:
Food can be considered safe while it may not have adequate protection (security) in the sense of being inaccessible to deliberate tampering with the intention of causing harm; and food can be considered safe while it fails to provide consumers everywhere with the confidence (security) that they have access to sufficient and affordable supply of good quality food.

Would you change these definitions, how and why?

These definitions of food safety and security by GCSE-Food & Health Protection are provided in the SSQA Implementation Manual.

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