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The FSA's Bacteria Bite Business video demonstrates the importance of good food hygiene, focusing on the 4 Cs (Cleaning, Cooking, Chilling and Cross-contamination). This is now available to view online.
The organisers of next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games estimate that 14 million meals will be served at more than 40 Olympic venues across the UK. The total number of people to feed, and the amount of food required to feed them, make the Games the largest peace-time catering operation in the world.
The Food Standards Agency, in partnership with local authorities, is introducing the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Food Hygiene Information scheme in Scotland. The schemes help consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, cafés, takeaways, hotels and food shops.
Some teachers already attend training courses around food safety to support their teaching practices. Attendance on such training courses is considered best practice. There is, however, no legal requirement for teachers, staff, parents and volunteers who prepare and cook food in the classroom to attend a formal training course or to obtain a qualification in food safety.
Food hygiene legislation affects all food businesses that regularly produce, handle, transport, process or supply food. This includes caterers, primary producers (such as farmers), manufacturers and retailers. How it affects you will depend on the nature of your business.
During this season of festive cheer, one gift you don’t want to give to family and friends is food poisoning. Follow our guide to safe preparation and cooking, and your Christmas meal will be one to remember – for all the right reasons.