World Food Safety Day 2024

On Friday 7th June, World Food Safety Day will be taking place for the sixth year running. In anticipation of this international event, the theme for this year has been announced:

Food Safety: prepare for the unexpected

This theme has been selected in the hopes that more people will understand the following points:

  • Everyone has an essential role to play in ensuring food safety.
  • Food Safety Incidents are connected through a global food supply chain.
  • Food Safety Incidents can range from a contained event to a major international crisis, with examples including food poisoning, product recalls, or even a natural disaster.
  • The best defence against Food Safety Incidents is to prepare for the unexpected.

Why is it so important to recognise World Food Safety Day 2024?

According to the World Health Organisation:

Every year, one in ten people worldwide fall ill from contaminated food.

The UN agency has also confirmed that:

Over 200 diseases are caused by the consumption of food that has been contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances such as heavy metals.

Statistics like this really drive home the importance of food safety, not just on June 7th, but as an ongoing cause for concern.

With this in mind, we have pulled together a list of resources related to the key issues surrounding food safety, covering everything from allergen segregation and food safety culture to the most common non-conformities and the early audit data of BRCGS.

Food Safety - Articles and Help Guides

If you have plans to conduct on-site training in recognition of World Food Safety Day, the following four articles could be of use. They could also help you to decide on your next steps if the upcoming event has inspired you to question your site’s current processes.

Unpacking Version 9 of the BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard

On August 1st 2023, BRCGS released the latest issue of the Global Standard in Food Safety. This article walks you through the key takeaways. It also offers guidance and support in regards to meeting the newly revised requirements.

What is Food Safety Culture and why is it so important to a Food Production Site?

In the journey towards a positive Food Safety Culture, the first step is understanding exactly what this means. In addition to offering an answer to this question, this guide will also outline a clear strategy for achieving one.

How to avoid the top Hygiene Non-Conformities of the BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard, Version 9

This article offers a closer look at the top hygiene non-conformities (so far) issued against Version 9 of the Global Food Safety Standard. It also provides practical guidance on how best to avoid them.

Allergen Segregation in the Food Production Industry - Everything you need to understand

A key talking point relating to food safety is allergen control, with approximately 1-2% of adults living with a food allergy and 5-8% of children. This article will bring you up-to-date with everything you need to know.

Food Safety - Webinars

Along with our range of articles and help guides, we have also produced a series of webinars that address topics relating to food safety. You can click here to access a complete list of recordings. Alternatively, you can start your journey with the two webinars featured below.

The Power of Positive Energy: Driving Predictable Food Safety Outcomes

Building on the success of the Food Safety Innovation Conference 2023, the following four industry experts came together for a webinar on Predictable Food Safety Outcomes:

  • Alex Carlyon, Klipspringer Director
  • Lars Turner, Sales Director of FoodClean
  • Denis Treacy, Former Chief Officer for Safety and Quality at Pladis Global
  • Reineke van Riemsdijk, Technical Quality Manager and Sustainability Lead at Nestlé Nespresso

During this webinar, the panel addressed topics such as: Zero Defect Food Safety, the Four Energies of Repeatable and Predictable Outcomes, The Power of Positive Objectives, The GOYA Principle, and the secret to Positive Decision Making.

Food Safety Management: The Secret to Reliable Results

For this webinar, Alex Carlyon and Denis Treacy were joined by former GFSI Board Member John Carter. With a focus on Effective Food Safety Management, the panel entered into a lively discussion on Zero Defect Food Safety, the Four Energies of Repeatable and Predictable Outcomes, and the Importance of Functional Equity.

The webinar was then closed off with an informative Q&A session. Topics covered included:

  • Incentivising independence amongst your workforce
  • Securing the support of senior management when driving Food Safety Improvements
  • Turning Food Safety Management ideas into action

The Food Safety Innovation Conference

Here at Klipspringer, Food Safety sits at the heart of everything we do. That is why, working in collaboration with FoodClean, we launched the Food Safety Innovation Conference in 2023. This unique event brings together industry professionals to discuss the advancement of food safety, the importance of true innovation, and the value of challenging the status quo.

Returning for 2024, this year’s conference will cover a wide range of topics, including: Quality Management Systems, Hygienic Design and Cleaning, Root Cause Analysis, and the relationship between Culture and Food Safety.

If you would like any additional support or resources ahead of World Food Safety Day, the Klipspringer team would be happy to help. Share your details below.