Food Safety

Mark Robson

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:
Food Safety


Food safety is a broad term that is associated with how food is grown, harvested, stored, shipped, processed, and prepared. This includes commercial preparation for large-scale operations, as well as restaurants and school cafeterias, and preparing food in private homes. Food safety includes the prevention of microbial diseases as well as environmental contamination from pesticides on the farm and commercial or industrial chemicals and hazardous waste. Food safety laws are complicated in most developed countries; in the United States, for example, there are multiple agencies responsible for coordinating and enforcing the food safety laws, labels, and standards. Food safety is regulated at the federal level for issues such as food additives and pesticide residues, as well as at the community level through local health departments and health commissions, which are responsible for enforcing laws regarding the cleanliness of food preparation areas, expiration dates and storage of milk products and eggs, and many other standards. Food safety issues are important in developed and developing countries. Wholesome food is the right of every citizen in every society.

Article.  4472 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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