The importance of Food Safety
People can often feel unwell complaining of sickness, diarrhoea and Stomach pains. Some dismiss the cause as a ‘dodgy’ takeaway or something that has disagreed with them. However. they may well be suffering from food poisoning caused by eating contaminated or poisonous food. Food poisoning affects millions of people each year in the UK, the seriousness of which cannot be underestimated.
Good food safety is essential to ensure that we are not harmed in any way from the food and drink we consume. As a food handler you have a legal obligation to ensure that you do not cause harm to anyone through bad practice, ignorance or neglect.
Food Safety Training
A major requirement by law is that all food handlers must receive appropriate training in food safety practices relevant to their duties. This means that the type of training you need to receive depends on the type of job you do. Legislation specifies that,even if a food operative handles only wrapped foods, they must receive verbal or written instruction.
Every food operative has a responsibility to follow the regulations and ensure a safe food product for their customer. If something goes wrong, evidence of receiving formal training may help in a defence of ‘due diligence’. This is why it is crucial to keep records of all training that staff have been given.
The course comprises an introduction and five easy-tofollow study units.
Key topics include food contamination, principles of food storage and relevant legislation.