A strong food safety culture is particularly relevant to the cannabis workplace because of the unique history of the workers and the unique needs of the consumers. The behavior and mindset of workers in the cannabis industry must adjust to new regulations. Also, with cannabis legalization in several states, cannabis reaches a larger, wider population including consumers most vulnerable to foodborne illness such as people with immunocompromised systems; the elderly, pregnant women, or young people. Therefore, it’s important to develop a food safety culture in the workplace to promote safe quality cannabis for large-scale production for a wider audience.
1. Understand the current stage of the cannabis industry in terms of food safety.
2. Define food safety within the cannabis industry.
3. Outline who is needed to develop food safety practices.
4. Learn how to integrate food safety best practices from other industries.
5. Identify when to start practicing food safety.