The principles and bases for Food Safety Policies are put forward as the basis on which SHAFFE and IFPS members can jointly and separately engage retailers and interested parties, (e.g. consumer groups) particularly those in the EU, to discourage them from implementing commercial “food safety standards” that go beyond legal requirements. Besides some general principles, others are grouped into Food Safety/Consumer Assurance Principles, Trade Principles, and Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) Principles.
Food poisoning outbreaks associated with the consumption of fresh produce are extremely rare. Good agricultural practices, hygiene preparations and packaging minimise the potential for contamination. The fresh produce industry has stringent standards in place to ensure that consumers can enjoy healthy, good quality fresh produce. Fresh produce is an essential part of a healthy diet, and retailers and others can all play their part in maintaining consumer confidence.
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