Evolving food safety legislation (2015-)

Food safety legislation is developed continuously. Our research focus is on the effects of the changes of the legislation on food safety and the operational preconditions of food businesses.

Food safety legislation evolves continuously. The reasons for changes vary, but the goal remains the same: safe foods. In this project we study the effects of changes made in the food safety legislation on food safety compliance. Sub-studies focus on different food safety systems including decentralized and centralised systems. We also ask how third-party involvement in risk management impact food safety (Niina Piira) and what the consequences are of waiving preventive food control inspections to restaurants (Haukijärvi). Sub-projects have been funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Finnish Foundation of Veterinary Research.   



Piira, N., Kosola, M., Hellsten, C., Fagerlund, A., Lundén, J. 2021. Comparison of official food control results in Finland between food establishments with and without a certified food safety management system.    

Haukijärvi, V., Lundén, J. 2017. Does waiving preventive food control inspections in Finland weaken the prerequisites for safe food handling in restaurants? Food Control. 71, 187-192. 

Kotisalo, N., Luukkanen, J., Fredriksson-Ahomaa, M., Lundén, J. 2015. Effects of centralizing meat inspection and food safety inspections in Finnish small-scale slaughterhouses. Food Policy. 55, 15-21.