Food safety advice for new food businesses

There are a huge number of things to do when starting a new business, but you should make certain items on your list more of a priority than others. One of the most important things to do when setting up a food business is to ensure that you and all those who work for you undergo food hygiene training. 

As a company which processes, manufactures or serves food to the general public, you have more responsibilities when it comes to safety than other businesses. Standards of hygiene and cleanliness need to be extremely high, and a strict food safety management system needs to be implemented, to ensure that the food you provide or serve is safe to consume. 

Not only could public health be at risk if standards at your business are not up to scratch; but you could also face prosecution and potentially huge fines if you breach food safety regulations. 

It can be difficult to know what your responsibilities are as the head of a new food business, which is why you should be the first of your staff to go on a food safety training course. 

It is not only crucial for the health of your customers; it can also help you to avoid prosecution and fines which could prove devastating for the future of your business. 

If you are planning to go on a training course to learn about your food safety responsibilities as a business owner, you need to know what courses to take and how much training you will need to undergo. 

You should start with a Level 1 Food Safety qualification, a basic course, but you should then continue your training until you have reached Level 4 standard. This course of training, which may seem like a lot, will teach you everything you need to know to run your business safely and in accordance with food safety regulations. 

Once you are fully trained in food safety, you should also ensure your staff members go on a training course. A basic qualification may suffice, but you should remember – the better trained your staff are, the higher standards will be at your business. You never know, you may end up winning a food hygiene award. This could get your business some much-needed exposure, and for the right reasons. 



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