Food Safety and Hygiene

Food safety law requires all food handlers to be trained according to their food handling work activities. The new qualifications in Food Safety will assist food business operators to demonstrate that food handlers have been trained in food hygiene matters appropriate to the work that they do and therefore comply with their legal requirement.

On obtaining qualifications in Food Safety, employees who handle food will gain a firm grasp of the importance of food safety and knowledge of the systems, techniques and procedures involved. Furthermore, they will have the confidence and expertise to deliver quality food safely to customers.

The Food Safety qualifications are intended for anyone working in catering, hospitality or manufacturing settings where food is prepared, cooked, served or produced. Typical environments may include pubs, hotels, restaurants, retail, factories, contract catering, fast-food outlets, hospitals, care and nursing homes, schools, prisons and the armed forces.

Food Safety in Catering - Level 1

This qualification focuses on the importance of food safety in the catering and hospitality sectors and provides food handlers with the knowledge of how they can contribute to product safety. Before starting work for the first time food handlers need to be aware of the hazards and controls associated with food in catering operations. Particular attention is paid to the role of food handlers in preventing contamination and temperature abuse of food and the destruction of bacteria by thorough cooking. The importance of good personal hygiene, cleaning, waste management and recognizing and reporting signs of pests are also stressed.

On achieving this Award candidates will be equipped with the knowledge to enable them to provide safe food and will assist the business to comply with the law.

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Food Safety in Catering - Level 2

The aim of the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering qualification is to provide candidates with knowledge of the basic food safety practices that is essential in the catering industry. This includes the hazards and risks to food safety presented by food operations and personnel together with cost-effective, practical control measures.

The qualification is designed principally for those who are, or intend to be, food handlers working in catering. It is also appropriate for persons providing services to catering premises including pest control operators, maintenance engineers, cleaners, laundry and delivery personnel.

The achievement of the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering qualification will enable learners to identify how to make changes to catering practices in order to improve the safety of catering services.

The Ofqual approved Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering qualification has been developed specifically for insertion onto the Qualifications and Credit Framework with full support from People 1st, the Sector Skills Council for Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism. It is therefore fully cognizant with industry and regulatory standards as well as being recognized by Environmental Health Practitioners, Auditors and other Enforcement Officers.

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Food Safety for Retail - Level 1

This qualification focuses the importance of food safety in the retail environment and provides food handlers with the knowledge of how they can contribute to product safety. It is suitable for businesses supplying both open and packaged foods. Before starting work for the first time food handlers need to be aware of the hazards and controls associated with food in retail operations. Particular attention is paid to stock rotation, preventing contamination, temperature control and the condition of food packaging in the retail environment. The importance of good personal hygiene, cleaning, waste management and recognizing and reporting signs of pests are also stressed.

On achieving this Award candidates will be equipped with the knowledge to enable them to provide safe food and will assist the business to comply with the law.

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Food Safety for Retail - Level 2

The aim of the Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Retail qualification is to provide candidates with knowledge of the basic food safety practices which are essential in a retail environment. The hazards and controls in this type of environment will differ from those found in catering, but are no less important.

The qualification is designed principally for those who work in, or intend to work in, a retail environment where both packaged and/or open foods are available. It is also appropriate for persons providing services, such as delivery drivers and home delivery employees.

The achievement of the Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Retail qualification will enable learners to identify how to make changes to practices, in order to maintain and improve the safety of food sold to the final consumer.

The Ofqual - approved Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Retail qualification has been developed specifically for insertion onto the Qualifications and Credit Framework, with full support from Skill smart Retail, the Sector Skills Council for Retail. It is therefore fully cognizant with industry and regulatory standards, as well as being recognized by Environmental Health Practitioners, Auditors and other Enforcement Officers.

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