A lot of what’s involved in vacuum packing food is done pretty much mechanically. The consumer assumes it’s a safe procedure. But that assumption as it happens relies on the fact that certain agencies have been working behind the scenes to ensure that vacuum packaging is a thoroughly safe procedure. Their successful actions now are grounded in the fact that they no longer take as true outmoded ideas long since proven false. Well hidden from public view, there are actions done over 20 years back which have helped result in us having healthier food. We do look into these mentioned actions.
There have been countless meetings of gonernment employees – since the early 1990s in point of fact – to thrash out the matter of the safe packaging of food. We can expect that. The government does have a responsibility to ensure that there is no harm to the public as a result of the adoption of any new technology.
Thus timeline 1991 and we have a special team of experts set up in Great Britain on vacuum packaging. Representatives from industry and government departments met with Dr Michael Stringer as their chair.
Manufacturers welcomed the report produced, giving them definite firm guidelines – that had never occurred before in the history of the industry. This does help show the government’s concern for public health. Our elected leaders are thus hown in action caring what happens to us, their constituency.
When it comes down to it the issues looked into in depth went beyond just the matter of vacuum packaging. Through the means of vacuum sealing you extend the life of food by five times, sometimes a bit less than that but that’s regarded as a normal maximum where just vacuum sealing is concerned.
Chilling it as well extends its life even more. When food was chilled it always had been regarded as safe. It just wasn’t understood that bacterial microorganisms still at these temperatures posed a risk. It’s been learned alas that the old and others in poor health are seriously at risk as a result of some microorganisms surviving at low temperatures. This does occasionally result in news reports of consequent health issues among the old and health impaired.
We can state briefly that our government are sufficiently alert to our safety that they’ll set up a committee to monitor it. Consequently we’ve had hard and fast codes given out for the safety of all concerned.