Where we are in retail food safety, how we got to where we are, and how do we get there?J Environ Health. 2002 Sep; 65(2):29-36.JE
Food safety has not yet been attained. This is evident from reported foodborne-disease outbreaks, laboratory-confirmed cases of diseases that can be foodborne, estimates of foodborne illness based on surveillance data, and out-of-compliance risk factors. Several activities have had an impact on food safety, but there are limitations in the way each of those activities has been or is being conducted. The activities include foodborne-disease surveillance; food sampling and testing; swabbing and testing of utensils; inspection and enforcement of regulations; use of the Food Code; on-site hazard analyses, on-site monitoring of critical control points and prompt corrective actions; applied research and challenge testing; training of public-health and food regulatory personnel; training of food workers, supervisors, and managers; and education of the public. To attain food safety, we must use common (microbiological) sense and understand the principles of transmission of foodborne-disease etiological agents and their control. A change of attitudes and program focus is necessary.