Acta Scientific Microbiology

Literature ReviewVolume 1 Issue 4

BREXIT and the Implications of Food Safety Cultural Compliance in the Food Manufacturing Sector

Derek Watson1*, Stanley Yap2, Sophia Pandi3, John Husband4 and Fanos Tekelas5

1Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland, UK
2Associate Professor, SEGi University, Malaysia
3PhD Research Student, University of Sunderland, UK
4Director, Consultancy and e-Learning, Totrain Company, UK
5Research Fellow, The Cyprus School of Business, UK

*Corresponding Author: Derek Watson, Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland, UK.

Received: February 23, 2018; Published: March 21, 2018

DOI: 10.31080/ASMI.2018.01.0039

Citation: Derek Watson., et al. “BREXIT and the Implications of Food Safety Cultural Compliance in the Food Manufacturing Sector”. Acta Scientific Microbiology 1.4 (2018).


  In theory food safety is a critical measurement, not just for economic and legal reasons but also for the moral integrity of the or - ganisation. However, in reality, the number of accidents or incidents particularly in the food manufacturing sector is a serious cause for concern. The problem is further compounded with the onset of Brexit. Given the UK government’s floundering negotiation talks and the pending conservative leadership challenge, it has resulted in a climate of uncertainty, a devaluation of currency and economic instability. Food manufacturers along with other commercial businesses are reluctant to further invest until the economic future is more transparent. In consequence, food manufacturers are seeking efficiency savings, whilst aiming not to compromise food safety compliance. Whilst there are areas of best practice, sadly there are an increasing number of examples in which failure to comply to food safety is resulting in lost of business, serious injury and in certain cases fatalities. This paper addresses Food Safety Cultural Compliance within UK Food Manufacturers and identifies core issues that hinder the establishment of a proactive food safety culture. The research study adopts a mixed methods approach in which five UK food manufacturers were consulted via 15 semi-structured interviews with management and three focused groups. The data collected clearly indicates a commitment to food safety compliance. However, the majority of organisations struggled to maintain consistent levels of food safety compliance despite implementing costly training and development initiatives. Their strategic and operational drive to both enhance and maintain a positive food safety cul - ture was also undermined with the uncertainty of economic pressures and the quagmire of Brexit. The paper concludes with a series of commercially viable recommendations within the context of the Brexit divorce and provides a clear contribution to the community of practice.

Keywords: Brexit; Food-Manufacturers; Food-Safety; Culture; Compliance


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