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A food hazard is something that could make food unsafe or unfit to eat. It’s important to identify those stages in your business when hazards could be present so they can be removed or reduced to safe levels (FSA, 2017). This section highlights the following types of hazards: allergenic, physical, radiological, chemical, microbiological and hazard analysis.
i. Allergenic hazards
The identification, control and communication regarding food allergens has always been a critical issue throughout the food supply chain.
IFST Food Allergens Knowledge Hub Since the subject of allergens, and the implications for food businesses, has been brought into even sharper focus, IFST has a dedicated knowledge hub for Food Allergens.
ii. Physical hazards
These may include glass, hair, metal (machinery fragments, swarf, nuts, screws & bolts), plastic fragments, jewellery, filth (including grass, insect and plant fragments), fingernails, building materials (wall plaster, concrete, flakes of paint), packaging (staples, string, polythene, and cardboard), insects, rodent & other droppings, birds and bird fragments, bone, microplastics and nano plastics. Be vigilant when unpacking food at home.
iii. Radiological hazards
- FSA Radioactivity in food in the UK - An introduction
- FSA Safety of Irradiated foods
- CFS Hong Kong Overview on radioactivity with preventive measures at the consumer level
iv. Chemical hazards
- WHO overview on pesticides
- HSE Guidance on safe storage of pesticides
- EFSA EU pesticide residue report
- HSE Overview on biocides
- CDC Overview of marine toxins in seafood with preventive measures
- WHO overview on mycotoxins
- Toxins in Seafood
- Leatherhead Food Research White paper on acrylamide mitigation in food
- FSA advice on reducing acrylamide in foods at home
- FSA Ireland on histamines in food and fish
v. Microbiological hazards
- WHO Factsheet on Listeria
- Campden BRI webinar on food microbiology
- FSA Overview on Salmonella
- FSA Overview on E. coli
- The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Campylobacter- Preventing foodborne illness
- FSA E. coli cross-contamination guidance
- Campden BRI resources on foodborne viruses
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