Food Hygiene Regulations

Food Hygiene Regulations

Posted on Jun 17, 2016

Food Hygiene Regulations



Do I need a food hygiene certificate?

Anyone who handles, prepares, sells or serves food or drink is required by law to have level-2 food hygiene training – in line with the Health and Safety at Work Act.

As an employer, it is your responsibility to provide your staff with the appropriate food hygiene training. This training can be formal on-the-job training, or self-study – such as online learning.

The training you choose for your employees to complete should cover:

  • High and low-risk foods
  • Food storage and preservation
  • Personal hygiene
  • Cleaning
  • Food poisoning
  • Physical, chemical and biological contamination
  • How to avoid cross contamination
  • Critical Control Points.



Hazard analysis and critical control points, or ‘HACCP’ for short, is the preventive approach to food safety during the production process. It is designed to reduce risks to a safe level to avoid the finished produce from becoming unsafe.

If you run a food business, you must have a plan based on the HACCP principles.

The HACCP plan keeps your food safe from biological, chemical and physical food safety hazards. To make a plan you must:

  • Identify any hazards that must be avoided, removed or reduced
  • Identify the Critical Control Points (CCPs) – the moments you need to prevent, remove or reduce a hazard in your work process
  • Set limits for the CCPs
  • Make sure you monitor the CCPs
  • Put things right if there is a problem with a CCP
  • Put checks in place to make sure your plan is working
  • Keep records.


Encouraging good practice

With over 500,000 reported cases of food poisoning each year (and that’s just the reported cases), ensuring your staff are all trained up and understand their responsibilities when it comes to food hygiene is as important as the delicious food you’re serving – nobody wants to be left with a bad taste in their mouth over something that could have been avoided. 



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