It’s common knowledge that too much takeaway food can pose a threat to a person’s state of health, from obesity to bad teeth from sugar intake to diabetes, the media are keen to advise consumers about the implications of eating fast food and takeaway products.
However, they don’t spend as many column inches on takeaway food hygiene management unless there’s an issue.
It’s a horrible truth that the Food Standards Agency have found that 1 in 7, that’s 7000 takeaways, have failed inspections thanks to poor food hygiene and a lack of premises cleanliness.
These establishments were prime breeding grounds for bacteria that causes food poisoning and the risks of cross contamination would make even the hardiest consumer shudder.
Don’t let your enterprise find its way on to the bad food hygiene ratings list. Remember food hygiene ratings scores are not only displayed on site but on the internet so if your takeaway only achieves a 0,1 or 2 then you will find that business falls to survival challenging levels.
Only 9% of consumers ignore food hygiene ratings but even they are careful about what they order.
Washing hands regularly, not using the same utensils for cooked and uncooked food, stocking the fridges correctly and not selling food that’s been on the floor may appear to be common sense but the FSA statistics show that many people aren’t employing this common sense so there must be swift action to diminish food hygiene risks and food poisoning issues in takeaways across the UK.
The answer lies with takeaway hygiene training. Experienced training advisors like Food Alert in London provide a wide range of food hygiene courses and health and safety training for all levels of employment.
If you can’t vouch for your staff using best practices at all times and your rating isn’t 5/5 then you should invest in training.
It’s a much less expensive option than being sued by a customer who left you with a takeaway meal that gave them salmonella poisoning.
Food hygiene courses should be taken by staff who come in to contact with food even fleetingly.
Counter staff, cleaners and back office employees must be aware of their food hygiene responsibilities if they visit the food preparation and retailing areas.
Food hygiene courses are available at levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. Level 1 is GCSE grades D-G equivalent and level 4 is management level.
Many are certified by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health or the Royal Society for the Protection of Health.
Food hygiene courses include:
- CIEH Food Safety Awareness.
- Food Safety Induction Training.
- CIEH level 1 Food Safety.
- CIEH level 2 Food Safety. GCSE C-A* grade equivalent.
- CIEH level 3 Food Safety. AS/A level equivalent.
- CIEH level 2 Food Safety in Manufacturing.
- CIEH level 3 Supervising Food Safety in Manufacturing.
- CIEH level 4 Managing Food Safety in Manufacturing.
- CIEH level 2 Cleaning in Food Premises.
- CIEH Food Allergens Awareness Online.
- CIEH Legionella Awareness.
- RSPH level 4 Managing Food Safety
Don’t take risks, get takeaway hygiene training without delay.