Why Do I Need A Food Safety Certificate?

Why Do I Need A Food Safety Certificate?

Food and drink are integral to hospitality industry, as is the safe handling of them. A celebratory occasion can quickly transform into a disastrous memory if your guests or customers find themselves suffering from food poisoning.

Cross contamination

It’s very likely that nearly every ingredient in your kitchen (or your restaurant’s kitchen) has passed through many hands before it came to you. That means that there have been many opportunities for cross contamination.

Even fresh, clean-seeming ingredients could harbour an unexpected pathogen, one which could have devastating effects on your guests and your business. It’s important that you engage in thorough cleaning of foods that require it, and thorough heating of foods that require that in order to be safe. Even if you’re absolutely certain no cross-contamination took place in your own kitchen, it could have occurred prior. And cross contamination isn’t the only concern.

Other safe handling techniques

There are numerous other tasks and policies that must be followed to ensure good food hygiene. Your refrigerators, coolers, and freezers, for example, must be inspected regularly to ensure that they’re in good working order and running at the appropriate temperatures consistently. Food must be properly labelled with its dates of arrival and expiration, and it must be kept at the appropriate temperatures before and during preparation for your guests.

Becoming certified

Earning your food safety certification isn’t about simply checking off a regulatory requirement, although many regions do require you to be trained sufficiently in food hygiene. Instead, it’s about giving your guests the best (and safest) experience possible.

If you are looking for employment or seeking a change in jobs, a food safety certification is also very handy. While regulations in many places allow on the job training, having an up to date safety certification shows those employers that you have already been trained in these very important skills. At most, they’ll simply need to review them with you. Seeing a food certification on your CV translates into saved time and money, which can make you a very tempting candidate.

How hard is it?

Earning your food safety certification doesn’t need to be difficult, especially if you choose the right training facility. We offer a number of food hygiene and safety courses in ten different languages. If English isn’t your first language, you don’t have to worry about confusion over terminology with Training Terminal’s innovative programs. Why not start today?

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7 Comments

  1. Grant Kane

    It is so important that we push employees to do their food safety training before they commence employment. I am encouraged to see that you offer your courses in different languages. I now place it on the job spec that we are looking for staff who already hold this qualification. So many good workers from Eastern Europe who need this qualification and avoid it in fear of failure, so hopefully you will add some benefit. Grant, Hotel Manager, Cumbria.

  2. Claire Heywood

    I have recently taken on a management role within a large fast food company and the training in relation to Food Hygiene is fantastic. I worked in hotels previously and I did not feel they saw food hygiene as important. Hotels will allow students or new staff to work without the training, whereas these big fast food chains ensure it is done before staff go anywhere near food.

  3. Graham Halliwell

    I have just undertaken the task of getting all my guys through their food safety training. It was something we kept putting off, but glad we did it. Not only do we comply with legislation things in the kitchen have improved dramatically. The guys are working cleaner and more effectively and the place looks much better! Worth the time and investment.

  4. Lucy Bell

    We in the UK take Food Safety a great deal more serious than the rest of the EU. I have visited several EU countries and it is clear that the word ‘Food Safety’ simply means putting something in the fridge. The training, monitoring and policing of food safety is non existent. We need to push to ensure that the legislation that is in place across the EU is consistent.

  5. Sarah

    I just completed one of your Food Safety Courses! Really interesting and wonder why this is not taught as standard in schools?

  6. Margaret Hilden

    It is still so surprising to see how many people within the industry still do not have any food safety qualifications! I have just ensured all my team have completed their refresher training. Why? I know food is safe and ensures I am covered. Margaret. Coffee House, Huddersfield

  7. Wendy Mccormack

    Great idea doing these courses in different languages. There is now no excuse for people not to get the training done. Wendy.

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