Global food hygiene solutions provider Ecolab has launched the Food Safety Culture Assessment tool to measure and advance food handling behaviours and the overall safety culture within retail organisations.

The launch of the tool comes in response to growing consumer demand for fresh food and diverse eating options from grocery stores, restaurants and the foodservice industry, which can lead to greater risks.

In view of this, companies are looking for better ways to ensure customer safety.

Ecolab Food Retail Services general manager Adam Johnson said: “To effectively improve food safety, it is necessary to add new risk reduction techniques to the toolbox.

“The Food Safety Culture Assessment is designed to provide greater visibility into the attitudes and actions of frontline employees, managers and corporate officers, and identify areas for improvement.”

The Food Safety Culture Assessment tool is a series of questions that are easy-to-read and understand with regard to the key elements of an effective food safety culture. Ecolab can conduct the assessment across all levels of an organisation.

Ecolab further added that companies can take the assessment on an annual basis or at any desired frequency to ensure that they are making progress in maintaining and strengthening a strong food safety culture.

Johnson said: “In today’s world, ensuring food safety is critical to ensuring continued business success. Food safety can’t wait.”

Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, as well as improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food segments.