Restaurant Food Safety: The 4 C’s

Introduction Restaurant food safety is outlined by the Food Standards Agency within the ‘Safer Food Better Business for Caterers’ document. The FSA centres all of their guidelines for food businesses around the 4 C’s of Food Hygiene: cross-contamination, cleaning, chilling and cooking. In this article, we will consider how we can apply the 4 C’s…

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Food Hygiene Course FAQs

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How can this article help me? Where the safety of your staff and customers are involved, food hygiene is a serious matter. However, the dense, scientific nature of food hygiene requirements often results in mass confusion. As such, to shed some light on food hygiene, we often publish helpful articles on topics such as food…

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Food Safety Management Systems: An Overview

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What is a Food Safety Management System? A Food Safety Management System (FSMS) is a set of measures that a food business adheres to; it ensures the safety of the food which the staff prepares. Whilst the exact FSMS you employ as a food business is up to you, UK businesses have a legal requirement…

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COVID-19 Food Hygiene Certificate: What You Should Know

This photo shows a business transaction according to covid-19 food hygiene laws.

Food hygiene training is still vital, despite the current pandemic. If you’re still serving food, you still have a legal requirement to train yourself and your staff in proper food hygiene practice. This is in the interests of your customers, your staff and, of course, your business reputation. That said, it can be difficult to…

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How Long Does a Food Hygiene Course Take To Complete?

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You need to set aside time for food hygiene training to fulfil the legal requirements if you work around food. But exactly how long does a food hygiene training course take to complete, and do you need to close the business in order to attend one? Food Hygiene Training Here at the Food Hygiene Company,…

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Preparing For The EHO Visit: A Checklist

A food hygiene inspector reviews goods on an EHO Visit.

What does an EHO Visit consist of? If you prepare food for public consumption, you will eventually be visited by the Environmental Health Officer. The It is a legal requirement that they visit. As a food provider, you are legislatively bound to accommodate their visit and give them access to your premises. However, preparing for…

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What Can An Environmental Health Officer Do?

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When the EHO comes calling, you can be sure that the visit is serious. The government created this agency to ensure that you meet your legal requirements for food hygiene training. So, what can an Environmental Health Officer do? In short, the EHO has the power to fine, prosecute and potentially condemn you and your…

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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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Reheating Food: To Warm or Not to Warm?

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Most kitchens, domestic and commercial, regularly end the night with leftover food, which is still likely edible. Furthermore, when cooking in bulk, some dishes are just not practical to make fresh to order. Some chefs might even tell you that certain stews and curries taste better after reheating. Reheating food, though, can be a dangerous…

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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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