Food Safety
Food Safety

Food safety is a scientific discipline that describes the handling, preparation and storage of food in ways that prevent food related illnesses such as food poisioning.

Food Safety

Food safety is achieved through food quality control at all stages of the food supply chain from primary production or purchase, through processing and storage, to distribution and consumption.

The main risks include contamination by micro-organisms, toxins, foreign matter, chemical contaminants, excess moisture content or pest infestation. Most of these risks can be easily prevented or mitigated by a better knowledge of the risk factors for each commodity, safe handling of food, careful inspection and, in some cases, analysis.