Does waiving preventive food control inspections in Finland weaken the prerequisites for safe food handling in restaurants?

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Haukijärvi , V & Lundén , J M 2017 , ' Does waiving preventive food control inspections in Finland weaken the prerequisites for safe food handling in restaurants? ' , Food Control , vol. 71 , pp. 187-192 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2016.06.044

Title: Does waiving preventive food control inspections in Finland weaken the prerequisites for safe food handling in restaurants?
Author: Haukijärvi, Veera; Lundén, Janne Mikael
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Helsinki, Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Food Control
ISSN: 0956-7135
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308938
Abstract: Finnish food control authorities waived pre-inspections of food premises in 2011, leaving food business operators to begin operating with no pre-operation food control. This study aims to investigate the effects of this food policy change on the preconditions for Good Hygienic Practices (GHPs) on food premises. Of the 916 food premises that were included in this study, 379 were pre-approved whereas 537 merely notified their operations. The results show that notified food service premises (restaurants) preparing food displayed significantly more non-compliance pertaining to infrastructure than did restaurants pre-approved for food preparation (11.5% and 1.8% of the premises, respectively) (p < 0.05). Significant differences also emerged in the number of premises with non-compliance pertaining to cleaning facilities and equipment, and marked differences in the adequacy of hand and other washing sites. Such instances of non-compliance weaken the preconditions for GHPs. The results suggest that reintroducing pre-inspections of restaurants would strengthen the preconditions for GHPs and possibly provide a model for other countries with similar food control systems.
Subject: 413 Veterinary science
416 Food Science
Food control
Food safety
Food premises
Pre-inspections
Prerequisites
ENFORCEMENT MEASURES
KNOWLEDGE
MINNESOTA
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