Food Safety

Smarter Food Safety: It’s More Than Just Technology


One of the most important and necessary focuses for food manufacturers in 2021 is their commitment to a strong food safety culture. This has become even more evident due to the challenges faced during this covid-19 pandemic. Food Safety Culture has been included in the most recent standards of the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and in the FDA blueprint for the New Era of Smarter Food Safety.

In July, 2020, the FDA presented the guidelines to the New Era of Smarter Food Safety and this blueprint outlines the approach.  In this document you will find suggested goals to enhance traceability, improve predictive analytics, create more rapid response to outbreaks, address new business models, reduce contamination of food and the development of strong food safety cultures. In the section entitled The Four Core Elements the subject of food safety culture is discussed in depth.

What is a company’s food safety culture?  This is not just a matter of corporate improvement and technical changes to meet requirements of both regulators and auditors in order to obtain necessary certification.  Food Safety Culture is a clear description of the specific beliefs, practices and values of the company as they relate to food safety and the transmission of those beliefs from the top down to all levels within the organization.  This new mindset must become part of every employee’s psyche and part of the everyday operations in the plant.

Implementing Cultural Change: People are not easy to change and implementing a new food safety culture won’t happen overnight.  Obviously, the message of the company’s owners and management team is a key component to the success of implementation of any new culture.  Uplifting speeches, video presentations and posters may provide necessary training, but they are not enough.  The new culture message must be constantly reinforced along with managerial direction and engagement with employees at all levels.  Employees should feel that they “own” the food safety processes in their respective departments and with ownership comes not only pride but responsibility.

An updated FSMA plan must be in place and adhered to. Time and money must be allocated to training and routine food safety meetings must take place as management continues to build the new food safety culture. Employees must understand the importance of their jobs, no matter how large or small a role they play in keeping food production safe.  It’s not just a matter of how and what they are doing… but it’s a matter of why.

“Smarter food safety is about more than just technology. It’s also about simpler, more effective, and modern approaches and processes. It’s about leadership, creativity, and culture.”

Lily Noon


  1. Food Safety News, January 2021,
  2. The Importance of Food Safety Culture, Safe Food Alliance,
  3. A Culture of Food Safety – A Position Paper from the Global Food Safety Initiative
  4. 6 Ways to Create a Positive Food Safety Culture, Navitas
  5. A New Era of Smarter Food Safety, FDA,



企業の食品安全性の文化とは? これは単に、企業の業務体制を改善したり技術を刷新したりして規制当局と監査の要件を満たし、必要な認証を受けることを意味するわけではありません。食品安全性の文化とは、食品安全性に関する企業の具体的な理念、実践、価値観を明確に説明し、それをトップダウンで組織内のあらゆるレベルに浸透させていくことを意味します。この新しいマインドセットが、すべての従業員の姿勢に反映されて、工場の普段の業務体制の一部にならなければなりません。




Lily Noon



  1. Food Safety News、2021年1月、
  2. The Importance of Food Safety Culture(食品安全性の文化の重要性)、Safe Food Alliance、
  3. A Culture of Food Safety – A Position Paper(食品安全性の文化―立場表明)、Global Food Safety Initiative
  4. 6 Ways to Create a Positive Food Safety Culture(ポジティブな食品安全性の文化を創造する6つの方法)、Navitas
  5. A New Era of Smarter Food Safety(スマートな食品安全性の新時代)、FDA、

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