TO AID in the reduction of food contamination and improve safety, Pro-Visual Publishing has designed and launched an information chart to address the most significant problems associated with workplace safety within the food industry.
The chart specifically targets the operations managers in each plant and has been distributed to manufacturers of meat and meat products, dairy products, fruit and vegetable processing, oil and fat processing, flour mill and cereal products, bakery products and beverages and malt products.
The chart, Food Processing & Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety, is produced on an artboard surface and is UV varnished so that it is able to withstand the often harsh environment of the food processing industry.
With the support and co-operation of Food Operations, the chart has been written to address such topics as hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), and food labeling procedures.
All information has been validated by Food Science Australia to ensure it specifically addresses the needs of the industry on a hazard-by-hazard basis.
On average, about 11,500 Australians a day experience some form of food borne illness, most of which is not reported, while conservative estimates state 4.2 million cases occur each year.
Add to this the estimated cost to the community of more than $2.6 billion a year (Source: ANZFA) and it's not all that surprising that food safety is becoming an increasingly important issue in Australia.
Or that the food processing and manufacturing industry has started adopting stricter regulations to reduce the problems associated with it.
The food industry has unique and specific procedures with regards to processing and manufacturing, which could potentially increase the incidence of contamination and injury throughout food processing and manufacturing plants across Australia.
Under the Duty of Care legislation, owners and managers of food processing and manufacturing establishments have an obligation to inform and train their staff in all aspects of workplace safety in order to ensure a safe working environment.