The discipline of food safety has advanced greatly over the past decades, with new technology, the application of hazard analysis (HACCP), safety management, auditing and training. However, despite these developments deadly outbreaks of food poisoning and contamination still occur. These examples indicate that many food safety outbreaks are due to intentional non-compliance with procedures, despite training and external auditing.

Occupational health and safety went through a similar evolution, first focusing on equipment, workplace design and procedures, then focusing on management arrangements and more recently safety culture. This reflects a progressive process, with each stage of work building on the previous one. Greenstreet Berman Ltd have developed a food safety culture assessment and improvement tool that can be used by food businesses and inspectors. This paper will present the development and workings of the tool, and indicate how food safety culture strategies can build upon the foundations of food safety management systems.

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