Challenges in using administrative enforcement measures in local food control

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Kettunen , K , Nevas , M & Lunden , J 2017 , ' Challenges in using administrative enforcement measures in local food control ' , Food Control , vol. 76 , pp. 34-41 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2017.01.002

Title: Challenges in using administrative enforcement measures in local food control
Author: Kettunen, Karoliina; Nevas, Mari; Lunden, Janne
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki
University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki
Date: 2017-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Food Control
ISSN: 0956-7135
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308934
Abstract: We surveyed Finnish local food control officials' opinions about the use and challenges of administrative enforcement measures. Responses to the questionnaire were received from a total of 129 food control officials, covering 72.6% of the 62 local food control units in Finland. In the opinion of 42.7% of the respondents, enforcement measures are not used often enough in their unit to ensure forod safety. Based on our results, large units have better practical tools such as templates for enforcement decisions and guidelines that facilitate the use of enforcement measures than small units, but uncertain practices and a lack of routine appear to impede the use of the measures in many units. Particular challenges highlighted by the officials were related to laboriousness and slowness of the administrative process and reasoning for using enforcement measures. Moreover, impairment of cooperation with the food business operator as a consequence of using enforcement measures was of concern for many officials. The officials assessed the expertise of the head of the unit more positively in the units in which enforcement measures were used than in the units in which enforcement measures were not used, and participation in trainings was the strongest explanatory factor for the use of enforcement measures among the inspectors. Our results indicate that development of operating procedures and provision of specific training on administrative procedure with a practical approach play a key role in strengthening officials' expertise and confidence in using enforcement measures. Moreover, merging the small units with the large ones may promote uniform practices and better capabilities to use enforcement measures in all units. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: Enforcement measures
Official food control
Administration
Efficacy
Uniformity
FOODBORNE-DISEASE
RESTAURANTS
FINLAND
HYGIENE
COUNTY
416 Food Science
413 Veterinary science
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