When it comes to food safety legislation in the UK we follow the lead of the joint Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Health Organisation, based in Rome. In their key document, the Codex Alimentarius, or food code, they clearly state:-
"Those engaged in food operations who come directly into contact with food should be trained or instructed in food hygiene to a level appropriate to the operations they are to perform"
In the UK, the main act concerning Food Safety Legislation is the Food Safety Act 1990 updated in 2009 and the General Food Regulations 2004. These Acts affect all whether in manufacturing, retail or catering, no matter how large or small the business.
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Under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act it is a requirement that training is provided to ensure, as far as reasonably practical, that the health and safety of all is safeguarded. This act is the primary peice of Health and Safety Legislation in the United Kingdom.
Sometimes in food industries, this side of the training requirements are forgotten in favour of food safety training, but both are required to achieve compliance. Again no formal course requirement is specified but recognised and certificated courses will provide peace of mind to know that the individual or company will be able to achieve full compliance in Food Safety and Health and Safety.
Our health and safety courses will help you fully meet your legal compliance and best practice needs.