Food Safety Training Lags Because Manufacturers Can’t Find the Time

Florida Foodborne IllnessA recently released survey conducted in partnership with four food safety support companies has made the shocking revelation that most food manufacturers cannot find the time to train their employees on proper food safety practices.

More than 70 percent of the respondents cited that the main obstacle to educating their employees about food safety was “scheduling time for training.”

Most of the respondents surveyed in The Global Food Safety Training Survey 2013 were from North American companies (65 percent) and European companies (22 percent). The rest of the respondents were from Australia/Oceania, Africa, Asia, and South America.

While a majority of companies responded they were satisfied with their food safety training programs (66 percent), a sizable minority (44 percent) registered lukewarm to “very dissatisfied” responses to the programs.

The survey pointed out that the average amount of training per year in the industry is between four and eight hours. Managers received the most training, while employees and supervisors received less training. Supervisors actually averaged less training time than rank-and-file employees.

While some food safety topics were widely covered across the industry, other topics such as risk assessments, supplier quality assurance, and validation of food safety protocol were less likely to be covered by food manufacturers.

Other barriers for proper food safety training listed by food manufacturers included: difficulty in developing training in appropriate languages; lack of training resources; and hardships in developing a curriculum.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 48 million Americans are sickened by food each year. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die as a result of food-borne illnesses.

With those kind of numbers, one would think that the food industry could “find the time” to properly train their employees in food safety practices. Contracting a food-borne illness can result in hospitalization, permanent injury, and death. If you believe you have been injured by a food-borne illness contact the Jacksonville food recall attorneys at Farah & Farah. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online for a free review of your case.