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What Is Due Diligence In Food Safety?

Work can often be dangerous. To protect their workers, and others, employers are often asked to take ‘due diligence’ when working in potentially dangerous situations to aid in reducing the associated risks. But what exactly is ‘due diligence’ and what are the legal implications if due diligence isn’t met within the food industry?

What is due diligence in food safety? ‘Due diligence’ is a term used legally and informally to refer to the basic practices one should undertake to reduce risks and prevent harm. If you show to have followed due processes and have been diligent with your approach to risks, then your actions will be viewed favourably from the perspective of Health and Safety Officials should something go wrong.

Why Should We Practice Due Diligence in Food Safety?

The food industry is unique because food acts as a breeding ground for bacteria which can spread quickly. These bacterial spreads can’t be seen. It is therefore key that food safety measures are practised according to predefined safety protocols and principles to keep food preparation sites safe. 

However, it is not only bacteria that present risks in an industrial kitchen. Due to the high speed and demanding work that kitchen workers undertake in their day-to-day activities, many other risks become apparent. This is often due to other poor working conditions for the staff, dining conditions for the customers or approach to food storage. It is in these areas that employees and employers should be most diligent to help reduce risks:

  1. Surfaces
  2. Storage
  3. Fire, Electrical or Ventilation