Exploring alternative approaches to improving food safety
The work included a literature review, interviews with FSA staff, food businesses, trade associations and consumer groups, focus groups with consumers and a postal survey of UK food businesses.
The aim of the research was to:
Establish the views of businesses on food safety compliance, business drivers and compliance decision making and the potential for alternative approaches to regulation
Explore compliance costs and the role of cost benefit information in business compliance decision making
Review the FSA stakeholder engagement process
Explore the attitudes and behaviour of consumers with regard to food safety and how to engage them as consumer champions for food safety
The results of the research were brought together in a framework to help the FSA identify appropriate voluntary and regulatory approaches for improving food safety and hygiene in food businesses and contributed to a new scheme called “scores on the doors”.