Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Don’t Ignore Food Hygiene!

This photo shows organic fruits and vegetables; the article talks about how they must be washed.

The second most likely source of food poisoning Recently, a lot of the articles we write at the Food Hygiene Company dismantle unfounded yet widely-propagated food hygiene myths. One such misbelief is that you don’t have to worry about food hygiene regarding organic fruits and vegetables. Whilst they are indeed natural and healthy, they are…

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Get Ahead of The Game On Food Hygiene In Early Years Settings

child eating dinner

Proactivity is one benefits of having a food hygiene certificate There are many reasons for ensuring that your team are trained in food hygiene. One of the main advantages though is pro-activity. One thing to always remember about allergies and food poisoning is that they are best treated by prevention and they are almost universally…

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From Fridge to Fingers – Cross Contamination in Early Years

Hygiene is vital

5 Cross-contamination safety tips for Early Years providers. One of the main causes of food related illness is cross contamination, as you will have learned during your Food Hygiene Certificate training. It is when microorganisms and other sources of contamination such as allergens, are unintentionally transferred from one food source to another. One of the…

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Food Allergen Poster: FHC Free Resources

A food allergen poster details the 14 major food allergens.

If you own a food business, you must clearly present food allergen information. The responsibility for alerting customers to the presence of an allergen or potential cross-contamination is firmly with the food supplier. To make this process easier, we’ve created a free food allergen poster for you to pin up in the kitchen. It details…

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Taking The Overall Approach To Food Hygiene

Food Hygiene Certificates prove your team are trained

From 5 to 1 – Why you need to pay attention to every part of your food hygiene regime. Regardless of how it may feel sometimes the job of your Environmental Health Officer (EHO) is not to catch you out. They are not trying to close you down or on the hunt for reasons to…

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Integrating Allergen Awareness into Your Food Hygiene

allergen awareness

As Early Years professionals, you will be very aware of the need for allergy awareness in your workplace. When we designed our food hygiene certificate course we made sure that we included plenty of information on the allergen groups specifically for the Early Years sector. Sometimes, as I did recently, you overhear things that make…

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Hidden Bacteria: 5 Kitchen Areas with Unseen Bacterial Growth

Cleaning agents and handwash fight hidden bacteria which we can't always detect.

Areas of food preparation must also be areas of flawless food hygiene practice. Food businesses have a legal requirement to meet the national standards for food safety. Often, staff properly maintain and clean the obvious kitchen surfaces. However, it is often in unexpected areas where hidden bacteria thrive and can create serious and even life-threatening…

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Food Safety Myths: 5 Commonly Mishandled Foods

Washing raw chicken is one of our examples of common food safety myths.

You should scientifically manage your food hygiene in any kitchen or food preparation area. Often, people who take food hygiene training find that they have taken a word-of-mouth or ‘grapevine’ approach to food safety. However, legal requirements for food hygiene are based on evidenced science, so your methods should be too. Here are 5 common…

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Cleaning Kitchen Surfaces – How-to Guide for Proper Hygiene

A worker is cleaning kitchen surfaces.

There is a difference between ‘clean‘ and ‘looking clean‘. ‘Shiny syndrome‘ often affects our judgement when cleaning kitchen surfaces. As a result, appearing spotless does not mean that a work surface is safe for food. In reality, the microscopic nature of bacteria means you cannot often see the danger. 6 Steps to Cleanliness Where to…

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What Does Best Before Mean? How to Understand Food Dates

This photo shows the different tags for different expiry dates, answwering the question, what does best before mean?

Part of food hygiene doctrine is ensuring that all your produce is fresh and/or safe to eat. However, the food dating system can be difficult to understand. There are 4 main date types. You should base your actions on the date presented and whichever date type assigned to it. So, what does best before mean,…

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