The food safety control system: the Barcelona case study
Grau-Noguer, Eduard (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Ciència Animal i dels Aliments)
Serratosa, Jordi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Ciència Animal i dels Aliments)
Rodríguez-Sanz, Maica (Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona)
Suppi Boldrito, Remo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Arquitectura de Computadors i Sistemes Operatius)
Bertomeu Balagueró, Núria (Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona)
Jacas Egea, Elena (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Psiquiatria i de Medicina Legal)
Rodellar Torras, Santiago (Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona)
Portaña Tudela, Samuel (Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona)

Date: 2021
Description: 23 pag.
Abstract: Official food safety controls seek to ensure that food is safe through enforcing compliance with food regulations and thus protect consumers from suffering any damage caused by food hazards. This study attempted to describe the food safety control system of Barcelona city, where its municipal administration has official competences to implement risk management through the Barcelona Public Health Agency. A single case study was performed through a qualitative content review of laws, regulations, internal protocols, reports or guidelines, among others, related to the food safety controls implemented by this administration. The research was directed by the five-element study model given by FAO and WHO, intended to describe, valuate or analyse food control systems. Data of food control activities, personnel and food establishments from 2014 until 2019 were also added, exception given for 2020 data, which considering the peculiar COVID-19-lockdown in Barcelona, it could significantly mislead the study. In Barcelona city, a single agency control system is in place in concordance with the autonomic and national multiagency system. Food controls are implemented and enforced for all food establishments located in this city based on ten action lines, which include sanitary programmes of control, surveillance and audit, as well as management of food-borne outbreaks, sanitary alerts, denunciations, complaints and irregularities, sanitary authorisations, registries and certificates. This administration owns its official laboratory, which supports all control and surveillance activities of risk management. Moreover, communication and information activities, and technical and refreshing training courses, are given addressed to food business operators and consumers, and food inspectors and auxiliaries, respectively. It was perceived that the Barcelona food safety control system was successfully described by employing the proposed study model, which proved again to be useful for the subject of this inquiry. Since the Municipality of Barcelona has further official competences of control than all Catalan and most of the Spanish municipalities, the administration of this city is in a special position. This paper will enable a baseline for improvement of the Barcelona food safety control system and comparison between other municipalities' systems.
Note: Altres ajuts: this research was funded by Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona (Public Health Agency, Barcelona) and supported by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
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Language: Anglès
Document: Article ; recerca ; Prepublicació ; Versió sotmesa a revisió
Subject: Food control system ; Food safety ; Risk management ; Barcelona ; Catalonia ; Spain



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