Basic food hygiene is required for everyone working with food.

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January 12, 2017

Mike Foster

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Basic food hygiene is required for everyone working with food. There are more than a million cases of food poisoning in the UK each year.

Everyone involved in food storage, handling and service has a moral and legal duty to know the principles and practices of food safety.

Only last week, the press covered a story of a fast food restaurant allegedly serving ‘raw and bloodied chicken’ causing food poisoning for a family. Click here.

Of course, with poor food hygiene there are risks for your customers, but as we learn from these stories, fact or fiction, they have a risk to our reputation.

The food standards agency have launched a ‘Kitchen Check’ campaign with the following 5 top tips that we always cover in our training as minimum standards.

Cleaning

  • Hands are one of the main ways in which germs are spread. Wash them and be mindful of use.
  • Dirty, damp cloths are the perfect place for bacteria to breed. Wash and change.

Cross contamination

  • Cross contamination occurs when harmful germs are spread between food, surfaces and equipment.
  • Always use a separate chopping board or wash the board and other utensils in between preparing raw foods and ready-to-eat food.

Chilling

  • Make sure your fridge is set below 5°C, using a fridge thermometer to check.
  • Don’t overfill allowing air to circulate and maintain the set temperature.
  • Properly wrap and store raw meat and poultry at the bottom of the fridge.

Cooking

  • To kill any harmful bacteria, cook food thoroughly until it is steaming hot in the middle.

‘Use by’ dates

  • Use by’ dates are found on perishable products and based on scientific testing. After that date, food could be unsafe to eat.
  • ‘Best before’ dates are used on foods that have a longer shelf life and tell us how long the food will be at its best and after that date the food may normally safe to eat.

https://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/campaigns/kitchen-check

More details about our Food Safety Training can be found at http://arrowchar.uk.w3pcloud.com/hospitality-and-pub-training-courses/course-type/food-safety-in-catering/

Contact details

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  2. Tel: 07968 534034