Inside the black box of food safety: A qualitative study of ‘non-compliance’ among food businesses

Brough, Mark, Davies, Belinda, & Johnstone, Eleesa (2015) Inside the black box of food safety: A qualitative study of ‘non-compliance’ among food businesses. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 27(1), pp. 10-14.

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Abstract

Issue addressed

The paper examines the meanings of food safety among food businesses deemed non-compliant and considers the need for an ‘insider perspective’ to inform a more nuanced health promotion practice.

Methods

In-depth interviews were conducted with 29 food business operators who had been recently deemed ‘non-compliant’ through Council inspection.

Result

Paradoxically, these ‘non-compliers’ revealed a strong belief in the importance of food safety as well as a desire to comply with the regulations as communicated to them by Environmental Health Officers (EHOs).

Conclusions

The evidence base of food safety is largely informed by the science of food hazards, yet there is a very important need to illuminate the ‘insider’ experience of food businesses doing food safety on a daily basis. This requires a more socially nuanced appreciation of food businesses beyond the simple dichotomy of compliant/ non-compliant.

So what? Armed with a deeper understanding of the social context surrounding food safety practice, it is anticipated that a more balanced, collaborative mode of food safety health promotion could develop which could add to the current signature model of regulation.

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ID Code: 86984
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional URLs:
DOI: 10.1071/HE15013
ISSN: 1036-1073
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 CSIRO
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2015 22:17
Last Modified: 10 May 2016 05:47

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