Food Safety

The moment you buy food as a consumer you expect to be able to eat it safely. The moment food is produced safely, you can eat it without fear of getting sick. Food is a term used to indicate to what extent our food is (in)safe for human health. You speak of unsafe food when the food is contaminated with (e.g. salmonella E Coli and ) or harmful . You will understand that owning unsafe food can have serious consequences. That is why it is vitally important for food producers to have everything in place in the field of food safety during production. Food safety on the work floor is the basis of quality and an absolute must for every food .

What is covered?

Food safety includes the occurrence and of:

  • Food Poisons
  • Food Intolerances
  • Spoilage
  • Food Allergies

Other possible risks that can be attached to food. Therefore, important parts of the field are analysis, risk communication and risk from various disciplines, such as food technology, quality science, toxicology, epidemiology and (food) legislation.

Who is responsible for food safety?

Within the European Union, companies in the various links of the food chain are primarily responsible when it comes to food safety. These include companies in agriculture, the food industry, distributors, retailers and catering companies. The government wants all these entrepreneurs to take for the safety of the food they produce or process.

How do you ensure food safety?

The Dutch enforces the safety standards for food. The Dutch Food Safety Authority uses the so-called HACCP system for this purpose. HACCP is comparable to NEN and ISO standards, but then for food companies. Things can go wrong when processing food. This can endanger the safety of the food. In order to minimize this risk, food companies are obliged to describe all possible risks in a food safety plan. HACCP is a system for drawing up such a plan and stands for Analysis Control Points. This, therefore, applies not only to catering establishments but to all companies and organizations that work with food. If you want to know more about HACCP read on here.

Ensuring your own food safety is very easy with IMIS Food.

IMis Food is designed to enable food producers to manage food safety themselves. iMIS Food provides a complete infrastructure for QA matters, allowing for efficient compliance with changing legislation and standards. With the iMIS Food Helpdesk, professional support is available for content and software questions.

What are the standards?

Many supermarkets and organizations require their suppliers to have an additional standard on top of HACCP. Here you can think of the standards BRC, IFS or .

Forms of food safety

Four different forms can be recognized; (micro-)biological -, chemical -, physical – and biotechnological food safety.

  1. (Mirco-)biological: Fungi and are forms of microorganisms. During production, preparation, , one can be exposed to these microorganisms. This falls under the category of (micro-)biological food safety.
  2. Chemical: Chemical food safety revolves around foreign substances in the food. These may be substances that are incorporated into the product for technical reasons to meet consumer requirements, also known as . In addition, substances may not be intentionally added to the food; these are contaminants. A common contaminant is plant protection product.
  3. Physical: During production, glass or may be incorporated into the food. In general, these kinds of pieces are filtered out with special equipment. This is part of physical food safety.
  4. Biotechnological: When genetically modified organisms are added to food, it must first be approved by the EFSA. Within the EU this institution checks if the genetically modified organism is safe. This is central to biological food safety.
TwitterFacebookLinkedInPin It

Related articles to Food Safety: What is included in this term?

Many customers and visitors to this page 'Food Safety: What is included in this term?' also viewed the articles and manuals listed below:

We are a Food Tech firm in Food Safety Compliance. Experts in setting up and maintaining Food Safety Systems for companies in the Food Supply Chain. We are dedicated to breaking down the barriers for Transparency and Trust in the Global Food Supply Chain.
In our Partnership Program we would like to work together with (Non)Governmental Organizations, Universities, Multinationals and Food companies.

iMIS Food is a fully equipped Food Safety Compliance platform. Unique is the installation of an iMIS Food server at the Food company, for online and offline availability. The online (no travel costs) iMIS Food implementation process includes 6 to 10 days of support and has a lead time of 3 months.

Monthly iMIS Food Update

Would you also like to receive the monthly iMIS Food Update and be invited to our events? Then please fill in this form.

Food Safety news 7-2024

iMIS Food Platform: Connect to Comply

The following page illustrates iMIS Food. With the renewed compliance portal, standards, legislation, hazards and fraud cases are easy to find.
Cover information sheet 64

Information sheet 64 English Translation

This is a English translation of information sheet 64 of the NVWA. As this is a translation it is not a legally binding document.

The new MSME economy Post-Pandemic Drivers for Growth

The new MSME economy Post-Pandemic Drivers for Growth was written by the APEC Business Advisory Council and released in October 2022. Hereby a summary of it.