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Frequently asked questions about food hygiene training

As one of the leading providers of online food hygiene training, we often get asked questions about food hygiene and food safety law. We’ve put together some of the most commonly asked food hygiene training questions to help you find the information you need.

Why is it important to have good food hygiene?

It is essential to have a good food hygiene in your business to be able to ensure the food you produce or handle is safe for consumption. Good food hygiene is good for your business, your reputation, and the health of your customers, so it is always important to ensure your staff are trained in food hygiene and safety to a way that is appropriate to the work they do.


Why is it important to learn about food safety?

It is important for food handlers to have a thorough understanding about food safety so that they are able to put good food hygiene practises into practise to ensure the food they work with and produce is safe from foodborne illnesses and contamination.


Who is responsible for the safety of food?

Food businesses and food handlers are responsible for the food that is provided for consumers. These responsibilities include ensuring food is safe for consumption, the quality of your food is as expected, and that the labelling and advertising of your food is not in any way misleading.


What is food safety and hygiene?

Food safety and hygiene refer to the steps a food handler must take to ensure the safety of the food they work with from processing, storage, distribution, transportation or preparation. Lack of suitable food hygiene and food safety standards can result in the consumer being in danger of foodborne illnesses.

What is a legal responsibility of a food handler?

Legal responsibilities of a food handler includes ensuring that food is not unsafe or unsuitable for people to eat. Food handlers also have specific responsibilities relating to their personal health and hygiene. Any illnesses including vomiting, diarrhoea, a fever, foodborne illness, sores or any facial discharges must be reported to supervisors. Food handlers must stay hygienic and prevent hair, nails, plasters or jewellery contaminating food.


Do you have to have a food hygiene certificate to sell food?

Food handlers and food businesses are not currently required to have to have a food hygiene certificate to be able to sell food. However, those who do handle food in a catering, manufacturing or retail environment must be able to prove to environmental health officers (EHOs) that they are trained in food safety in a way that is appropriate to the work they do.


Do you have to have a food hygiene certificate?

You are not legally required to have a food hygiene certificate, however EU Regulation 852/2004 requires food businesses to ensure any staff who handles food are supervised, instructed and trained in food hygiene. A food hygiene and safety certificate helps staff understand how to prepare food safely for storage, packaging or consumption.


What is the food law?

Food law refers to the requirement for food handlers to have appropriate training and supervision when it comes to food safety and food hygiene in the workplace. The production and process, distribution and packaging and food preparation are all governed by regulations and codes of practice.


What is the Food Safety Act?

The food Safety Act 1990 provides the legal framework for all of the food legislation in Britain. The main responsibilities of this act include to ensure you do not include anything in, remove anything from, or treat food in a way that is damaging to the health after consumption, and that the food you sell, serve, label and advertise is of the same nature and quality which customers would expect.

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What is a basic food hygiene certificate?

The level 2 food hygiene course was formally known as the basic food hygiene certificate. This course was later changed to the level 2 food hygiene certificate to reflect that level 1 food safety was an introductory course for those beginning to cook at home, and level 3 food hygiene is necessary for food supervisors and managers.


How do you get a food handlers certificate?

A food handler’s certificate can easily be achieved through an online training course in food hygiene. A level 2 food safety certificate fits the legal requirement in the UK for food handlers that must undertake food safety training as part of their work.


How do I get a food hygiene certificate

You can obtain a food hygiene certificate easily through an online training course. A level 2 food hygiene certificate fits the legal requirement for food handlers, and often you can find courses that are specific for your line of work including catering, retail, manufacturing or drinks manufacturing.


How long is a basic food hygiene certificate valid for?

There is no set time for how long a basic food hygiene certificate is valid for. It is generally industry recognised that food hygiene certificates are renewed every three years. However, some employers may require you to renew your certification every year as part of your training.


What food hygiene certificate do I need to open a cafe?

A level 2 food hygiene certificate is required to satisfy a food handler’s legal obligation for food safety training. However, if you are going to be responsible for other staff at your premises, you will need to ensure that you, or any supervisors are trained to level 3.


What food hygiene certificate do I need to sell cakes from home?

To sell cakes from your home, you will need to ensure you are safe to do so by contacting the environmental health service at your local authority for a hygiene and safety inspection at your home. A level 2 food hygiene certificate will help you obtain training for food preparation, the prevention of foodborne diseases and how to keep your equipment and home hygienic.


What food hygiene certificate do I need?

You can often find courses that are specific for your line of work including catering, retail, manufacturing or drinks manufacturing. A level 2 food hygiene and safety certificate satisfies a food handler’s legal obligation for food hygiene and safety training. Level 3 food safety training is required by managers and food supervisors, where a level 1 food safety certificate is aimed for those practising food hygiene at home.


When do I need to renew my food hygiene certificate?

Food hygiene certificates do not expire. It is recommended industry practise however, that your food hygiene certificate and training is renewed every three years due to any changes in legislation and to keep your knowledge fresh and available to you.


How long does a Level 2 food hygiene certificate last for?

There are some employers such as the NHS, which require food hygiene certificates to be renewed every year. It is recognised industry practise that food hygiene certificates are renewed at least every three years so that you can remain up to date with new legislation, however food hygiene certificates do not expire.

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