The importance of food safety management & training in restaurants

The importance of food safety management & training in restaurants

ArticlesPosted on 26th February 2013

As further Sheffield food businesses close due to sub-standard food safety procedures, having the right procedures and training in place is essential.

The importance of food safety management & training in restaurants

News of 3 more Sheffield food outlet closures in a week shows just how important effective food safety procedures are, in order for catering and hospitality businesses to survive.

Regardless of whether a business has a great menu, a strong customer base, or friendly staff, failing to effectively implement and maintain food safety standards can cause serious problems for business owners and their staff. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) reports that up to 5.5million people are affected by food poisoning in the UK each year. And it is not just those who experience food poisoning who suffer, with over 165,000 enforcement actions issued to establishments in 2009/10. Penalties for failing to maintain food safety standards range from improvement notices, through to two years imprisonment if convicted by a crown court. High standards of food safety are therefore paramount to every establishment involved in food handling.

Not ignoring the obvious benefits to customer health and the avoidance of legal proceedings that high standards of food safety bring, effective food safety procedures can also add further value to restaurants, cafes and other catering outlets. Through effective management systems, businesses can control and reduce food wastage costs, support consistent product quality and help ensure overall customer satisfaction. Quality food safety procedures are consequently not just a necessity for customer wellbeing and legal compliance, but can enhance business success and profitability also.

The FSA and local councils provide very good resources for implementing food safety procedures. These provide business owners with the basics to protect themselves and their business. However, every business is different and in order to better meet the needs of individual operations and to provide a greater degree of due diligence, a bespoke food safety management system may be beneficial in some circumstances.

Whichever type of system is in place within a business, the most important aspect of its success is that the team involved are sufficiently trained and competent to implement and maintain it; and that management are fully equipped to monitor effectively and consistently. By ensuring food handlers are trained to at least level 2 in a reputable food safety qualification, this helps businesses meet their legal obligation to ensure staff are trained to a level commensurate with their job roles. Further training on how to best utilise a food safety management system will be beneficial to maintaining standards.

Cena provide advice and guidance on best practice for existing food safety management systems, and also develop bespoke systems, still in line with FSA guidance, to meet the exacting needs of different businesses. We provide bespoke training to businesses on food safety management systems and deliver CIEH accredited qualifications. Get in touch for further information.

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