food safety and hygiene

You’ve decided to diversify as you’ve found something you enjoy doing and people enjoy eating. You have organised your capital, bought your produce and equipment and are all set to go. But are you up to speed on Food Safety? Because it’s really not worth taking a risk where your business and the health of…

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food hygiene training

Food hygiene training is an important feature of your continuous professional development if you work in a kitchen, not to mention a legal requirement if you serve, prepare, handle, or otherwise come into contact with food at work. But training does not have to be time-consuming or difficult to access. Here are some of the…

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Cross contamination can be dangerous

Few early years and childcare environments employ professional kitchen staff. Mostly this is because it is simply not financially viable to do so. However, the techniques employed to combat cross contamination in high volume kitchens can still be utilised in domestic or smaller kitchens. Introducing some simple changes could reduce risk. Here are five easy…

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food hygiene training

When you are working in a kitchen, food production, or food retail area, you sometimes literally have the health of the people who eat your food in your hands. The hands that you use to touch the food you make could pass on some pretty nasty bugs, and, while this can produce some unpleasant symptoms…

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two people preparing food together

Running a business can be expensive; equipment to buy, ingredients for products, staff to employ, the list is endless.  But there shouldn’t be a trade off when it comes to food hygiene training. There is an old story that gets passed around the internet on a regular basis, where the financial director of a business…

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Do I need food hygiene training to sell homemade food?

Since lockdown has eased, here at the Food Hygiene Company we’ve received loads of enquiries concerning the need for food hygiene training if you cooking at home and selling your food via social media. So in best Blue Peter fashion, here’s a blog we prepared earlier, last year in fact. It makes for interesting reading:…

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Slow down, you move too fast! Feelin’ Groovy? Maybe not in these unusual times but the lyric from Simon and Garfunkel’s hit song is quite apt for those of us now ‘enjoying’ video calls and training sessions as part of our daily lives. As well as using the major video platforms to communicate with each…

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food bacteria

The World Health Organization has issued new guidance for food businesses operating during the pandemic. The principal points raised are: Can COVID-19 be contracted via food? It is highly unlikely that people can contract COVID-19 from food or food packaging. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and the primary transmission route is through person-to-person contact and…

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Can I train furloughed staff?

The simple answer is yes, you can. Government guidance has always allowed you to train furloughed staff. However, the initial guidance suggested you had to pay staff the national minimum wage for any hours they spent training, but this requirement has been lifted now. One condition that remains though, is that the training can’t be…

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