Food Safety and Hygiene
Good food hygiene is essential for any business that manufactures, prepares or sells food.
It is essential therefore that everyone involved within the business, from the owners to the members of staff, fully understand what constitutes good food safety and hygiene and actively play their part in implementing and maintaining it within the business operations.
No matter what type of business you run, hotel, restaurant, caterer, farmer, etc. all are regulated by the Food Standards Agency (FCA) and are required to meet regulations such as The Food Safety Act 1990, and The General Food Law Regulation (EC) 178/2002 which dictates that:
“The requirement on food businesses to place safe food on the market, for traceability of food, for presentation of food, for the withdrawal or recall of unsafe food placed on the market and that food imported into, and exported from, the EU shall comply with food law.”
With the help from our specialist food hygiene and safety consultants we can help you ensure that you are complying with food hygiene regulations and provide you with practical advice to improve your food hygiene ratings.
What happens if you’re non-compliant?
If you are found to not be compliant with food safety legislation then there are a number of possible outcomes:
- You could be issued with an Improvement Notice from your local authority. This will allow you 21 days to fix or update anything which is non-compliant.
- If you are found to be non-compliant to the point that it is an imminent risk to public health then this will result in an immediate closure of your business.
- In cases of serious breach of food safety you could be prosecuted and receive a fine of up to £20,000
How we can help you
Our food safety experts can assist you in multiple ways. We can provide general food hygiene advice and consultancy to help you remain compliant and provide recommendations on necessary improvements. This can be focused on a specific part of the operation or more generally across all areas depending on what you need.
Our team can also conduct Food Audits in which we review every aspect of your business and make recommendations on how to improve the safety of your employees and the public. A Food Audit will cover speaking to staff, observations of working practices, analysing food storage and use, general cleanliness and more. At the end of the audit you will be provided with a detailed report of the findings and recommendations on remedial actions to take.
Food Hygiene Training
The implementation of good food hygiene across the business relies heavily on the knowledge of your team. All staff should be Level 2 Food Safety trained. We provide two online food hygiene courses which will meet the necessary requirements, one for general food safety and another online training course specifically for food safety in manufacturing. Follow the links for more information about the courses and to book:
“Sureteam has over the years provided us with practical advice and support which they have adapted to suit our needs. It is great to know that they are available to support anyone within the business that might need their help.” Jon Evans, Managing Director Arthur David Food with Service
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Get Help with Your Food Hygiene and Arrange an Audit
Contact our team today on 01666 503686 or fill out our Contact Form, to discuss how we can assist you with food safety and hygiene, or to arrange a Food Audit.