Comparative analysis of existing food safety culture evaluation systems

Jespersen, Lone, Griffiths, Mansel and Wallace, Carol Anne orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-1402-2134 (2017) Comparative analysis of existing food safety culture evaluation systems. Food Control, 79 . pp. 371-379. ISSN 0956-7135

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The purpose of the research was firstly, to analyze existing culture evaluation systems for commonalities and differences in research quality, applied validation strategies, and content. Secondly, to suggest a simple structure of food safety cultural dimensions to help unify the culture evaluation field. To achieve these goals, a comparison of eight culture evaluation models applied to varing degrees in the food industry was conducted. The systems were found to vary significantly in applied validation strategies but through deductive, textual data analysis, five dimensions were identified that cover elements present in all the models. Transparency is needed when using applied research methodologies to continually increase quality and trustworthiness of culture research in the food safety domain and this field would benefit from both further commonality of approach to validation strategy and structure and adoption of an overarching structural framework.

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