If you work in a role that involves handling, storing, serving, or preparing food in the United Kingdom, you need to know the basics of food safety. Here are 5 important food safety rules you should be sure to apply to your business.
Rule 1: Maintain a high standard of food hygiene
It’s essential to look after your personal hygiene to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. Always wash your hands in the correct sink and avoid using tea towels or drying your hands on your clothes; instead, let them air dry or use a paper towel, then dispose of it correctly.
Similarly, keep your kitchen clean and disinfected at least daily, if not more often. You can learn more tips on personal hygiene and maintaining a clean kitchen in our basic food hygiene training course.
Rule 2: Prevent cross-contamination
Cross-contamination happens when bacteria is transferred from one object/food to another object/food with harmful consequences. A basic food hygiene training course will teach you how to prevent cross-contamination.
Rule 3: Cook food to a safe temperature
You should be aware of the correct temperatures to cook or prepare food at so that it is safe to eat. The temperature chart included in our basic food hygiene course is a great reference point.
Rule 4: Have appropriate storage for all food
All food also needs to be stored at the correct temperature to ensure it is safe for consumption. This applies to food that has not been prepared, and prepared food that is being catered at buffets and events, etc.
Rule 5: Control your waste
Perform regular checks of your stock to make sure that no expired food is being kept in your kitchen, as this can pose a risk.
Similarly, you should make sure that all waste is kept separate from food, and in a bin that has a lid to prevent flies and other health risks from spreading. Our basic food hygiene training course gives some great advice for the safe disposal of waste in (and outside of) your kitchen.
Rule 6: Ensure your staff have basic food hygiene training
While this isn’t technically a “rule” in some sectors, it is very important to be aware that you and your staff should receive professional food hygiene training if you want to run a successful business in the food industry.
A basic food hygiene training course takes as little as 1 to 2 hours to complete online and is relatively inexpensive compared to the legal processes you would have to go through if mistakes were made and your business was found to be a public health risk.
Our online food hygiene training courses can all be taken entirely online 24/7 on any device with an internet connection. You can pause and restart our courses as many times as necessary so that you can learn at your own pace, and a fully verifiable food hygiene training certificate can be downloaded and printed immediately upon successful completion.
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