Veronica Cortez Ginani
University of Brasília, Brazil
Posters-Accepted Abstracts: J Food Process Technol
The Brazilian experience with restaurant inspection grading system, coordinated by Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) was an important strategy to increase food safety practices in these food services. Restaurant inspection grading systems improve transparency in health authorities and are an incentive for food services to comply with food regulations. The construction of the evaluation instrument and all subsequent steps were based on international experiences such as the ones from New York (City of New York-Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 2007) and countries such as the United Kingdom (Food Standard Agency, 2012) and Denmark (Denmark-Ministry of Food Agriculture and Fishing, 2012). The system in Brazil was a pilot project and the disclosure of grades was done at the food establishments during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The main objective of the project was to assess the applicability of the system in the Brazilian context and the perception of stakeholders on the strategy. The pilot included more than 2000 food services located in 11 destinations of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and other 16 cities. The methodology proved to be appropriate, resulting in data that can assist in directing the development of national strategies to improve food services. Additionally, the project results may be useful for other governments that are implementing similar strategies.