Challenges in using administrative enforcement measures in local food control

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dc.contributor.author Kettunen, Karoliina
dc.contributor.author Nevas, Mari
dc.contributor.author Lunden, Janne
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-03T08:26:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-17T18:49:34Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06
dc.identifier.citation 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
dc.identifier.other PURE: 82253906
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dc.identifier.other WOS: 000394068200004
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85009133698
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-0391-5068/work/31552183
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-2228-138X/work/31552335
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-7006-231X/work/31552181
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308934
dc.description.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. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Food Control
dc.rights cc_by_nc_nd
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Enforcement measures
dc.subject Official food control
dc.subject Administration
dc.subject Efficacy
dc.subject Uniformity
dc.subject FOODBORNE-DISEASE
dc.subject RESTAURANTS
dc.subject FINLAND
dc.subject HYGIENE
dc.subject COUNTY
dc.subject 416 Food Science
dc.subject 413 Veterinary science
dc.title Challenges in using administrative enforcement measures in local food control en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
dc.contributor.organization Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
dc.contributor.organization University of Helsinki
dc.contributor.organization Mari Nevas / Principal Investigator
dc.contributor.organization Janne Lundén / Principal Investigator
dc.contributor.organization Food control
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2017.01.002
dc.relation.issn 0956-7135
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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