There are many reasons as to why people prefer to buy food online due to many reasonly,i.e time, the cost of food online,to avoid long queues at the restaurants and supermarkets and maybe control their shopping. Since the foods bought online are delivered at one’s door step, this might be advantageous to most of the consumers and buyers. Apart from these factors, there are other factors that one must consider before buying online which are not safe. These factors include;
1. Improper food safety skills
In most cases, the people that are handling the food don’t have their food handlers certificate, never been in school, and no working permit which is actually dangerous to the consumer. Food inspectors admit that since most of the food is being handled at homes and sold over the internet, this will be quiet hard for them to regulate than restaurants and other food vendors. Due to improper training and uncertified personnel’s there are additional risks to the consumer.
2. Storing and transportation conditions
Food products especially eggs, sausages, delicacies and cakes do require special handling and transportation. Since the consumer does not receive the product immediately, this is crucial for the product to be fresh on its delivery. This might cause illness and related food borne diseases to the consumer.
3. The food might contain dangerous ingredients
Another disturbing possibility associated with buying food online is that one might not be getting what they paid for in the first place. Research shows that most of the online foods being sold to the consumers contain very dangerous and harmful preservatives and ingredients, and also expired products being sold to unsuspecting consumers. Once this food is consumed it might result to health problems to the consumer. Therefore, online food buying is not safe at all.
4. Dealing with unknown food vendor
When buying food online, unless you are buying from a well-known vendor, otherwise when you are buying from a vendor that you don’t know anything about, it might be difficult to feel confident that the vendor will still be there in case a problem arises with your order and most important to feel that your personal information is protected. Online security concerns are important when selecting a food vendor, which might be difficult to achieve. Since the vendor is unknown to you, it might be hard for the vendor to know how you like your food to be prepared, what ingredients to use and this might be disappointing to the consumer.