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A review of food incident planning and preparedness in the UK’s food industry
Project Code: 001E01
Steelhenge Consulting Ltd
As part of its commitment to protecting the consumer and supporting industry in the delivery of ‘safe’ food, the Emergency Planning Branch of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) commissioned a qualitative study to review and evaluate the current levels of food incident management planning and preparedness across the food and drink industry in the UK. The aim was to create a set of data to support the strategic direction of the FSA Exercise Programme and identify areas where the FSA may better support industry in preparing to respond to and manage incidents and thereby deliver ‘safe’ food to the consumer.
The Study ran from November 2008 to June 2009. Over 7500 companies were invited to participate in a survey and interviews; it is the largest qualitative study undertaken to date looking at food incident planning and preparedness amongst a cross section of supply chain operations and food sectors of the food and drink industry in the UK. A particular objective of the Study was to gather data from SMEs and this was successfully achieved. The conclusions and options for development described below are drawn from the data recorded in the desk top research, survey and interviews.
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