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Food safety training and food hygiene training is vital for anybody that works with food. This may be in the manufacturing environment, in restaurants or in fast food catering trucks. It really doesn’t matter which sector you work in, it’s your responsibility to ensure you follow safe food handling practices and meet all legal requirements.

Why is it so important to have food safety training?

All businesses are required by law to ensure employees handling food have a good understanding of food safety issues. This will enable workers to minimise risks of contamination and ensure the highest levels of hygiene are upheld.

Good food hygiene helps prevent cases of food poisoning and allergies and can also reduce food waste. Restaurants and diners will also benefit from good food hygiene practices as a pleasant, hygienic environment will encourage customers to come back on a more regular basis.

Some of the benefits of food safety training include:

Halts any issues with cross-contamination

The cross-contamination of food can occur when it is handled in ways that make it easier for bacteria and allergens to spread. For instance, using a chopping board for meat and then going on to use it for veggies or cheese will cause cross-contamination and could even result in cases of food poisoning.

Salmonella and E.coli are the principal causes of food poisoning and it is easy to spread these from hands to foods to utensils and counters.

Can cut food waste

When all employees practise good food hygiene there will be less chance of foods going out-of-date or becoming unsuited to human consumption. All employees will know the best ways to store foods, at the right temperatures and the best types of containers to use.

Increases workplace efficiency

Very often poorly trained employees contribute to low levels of efficiency in food businesses. When all workers know the best ways to work with food and how to work at hygienic levels, the activities in any kind of workplace will begin to speed up and errors will be minimised.

Finally, good food hygiene helps create a better and more positive workplace culture. All workers become more aware of good practices in the food sector and this can actually cut levels of sickness and allergy within the business.

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