Guidance for food businesses
Caterers and retailers
You may find it useful to take a look at 'Food Hygiene: A Guide for Businesses', a booklet covering the basics for catering and retail food businesses.
Food safety management systems
Food businesses are required to have documented procedures to show what they do to keep food safe. Completion of the Food Standards Agency’s “Safer Food Better Business” pack is one way in which you can comply with this requirement.
If you're a small manufacturing business and the SFBB pack is not suitable, then MyHACCP is a free web tool that will guide you through the process of developing a food safety management system based on hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) principles
Premises that handle both raw and ready to eat products, butchers shops for example, are classed as being high risk. The Food Standards Agency provides information on the more rigorous procedures required by such premises.
Cross-contamination is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. Harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157, campylobacter and salmonella can easily spread to ready-to-eat (RTE) foods, such as salads and cooked foods, through direct contact with raw foods, or indirectly by staff, equipment, contaminated surfaces or cleaning materials.
Contaminated food can make your customers seriously ill, and can even kill. Our factsheet, if followed correctly, will help you control the risk of cross-contamination within your business.
Food handlers: fitness to work
Diarrhoea and/or vomiting are the main symptoms of illnesses that can be transmitted through food. Staff handling food or working in a food handling area must report these symptoms to management immediately. Managers must exclude staff with these symptoms from working with or around open food, normally for 48 hours from when symptoms stop naturally.
In addition, all staff who handle food and who work around open food must always wash and dry their hands before handling food, especially after going to the toilet. This is because it's possible to be infected but not have symptoms.
Training for food handlers
Food business operators must ensure that food handlers receive appropriate supervision and instruction/training in food hygiene, in line with their work activity, to enable them to handle food safely.
The person responsible for developing and maintaining the business's food safety management procedures must have received adequate training to enable them to do this.
In the UK food handlers don't have to hold a food hygiene certificate to prepare or sell food, although many food businesses will prefer that they do. The necessary skills may be obtained through on-the-job training, self-study or relevant prior experience.
We provide RSPH level 2 food hygiene courses. The course provides:
- An introduction to food safety and law
- Microbiological hazards
- Contamination hazards and control
- Food poisoning
- Food safety management
- Personal hygiene
- Food premises and equipment
- Food pests and control
- Cleaning and disinfection
We currently have one date available for a full RSPH level 2 award in food hygiene.
- Thursday 9 November, 9am - 4:30pm
- Bridgnorth Room, The Shirerhall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
To make a booking please call 0345 678 9067 or email email@example.com.
Courses are dependent on sufficient numbers of delegates to ensure that the course is viable. If the minimum number of delegates is not reached five working days prior to the training, the course will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund or transfer to the next available training date. If you cancel a booking within ten working days of the training date the full course fee of £51 will be charged.
Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
To help food businesses get the most out of their food hygiene rating, the Food Standards Agency has produced an online toolkit that offers ideas on how to promote hygiene standards, and help increase the number of customers who come through the door or order online.
Food allergen information
From 13 December 2014, all food businesses have needed to provide information about the allergenic ingredients used in food sold or provided by them.
There are many resources available from the Food Standards Agency to help you comply with this requirement. Their allergen page explains more.
Our other food safety pages give further advice.
Contact Prevention and Early Intervention
- Public Protection
- Shropshire Council
- Abbey Foregate
- SY2 6ND