The Importance of Food Hygiene Training
If your job involves working with or around food, the law requires you to receive food hygiene training.
Whether you work in a restaurant, in manufacturing, or a supermarket deli, you must know how to minimise contamination when handling food products.
Why is Food Hygiene Training Important?
Food safety law requires businesses to provide food handlers with food hygiene training, which teaches them how to apply proper handling, storage, and cleaning techniques. These good practices prevent customers from suffering food poisoning and allergic reactions, help minimise food waste, and boost workplace efficiency.
More specifically, food hygiene training enables you to achieve the following benefits:
Cross-contamination occurs when you handle food in a way that allows harmful bacteria or allergens to spread from one surface to another. For example, preparing meat on a chopping board and then using the same board to prepare ready-to-eat vegetables.
Avoiding cross-contamination in the kitchen and other food settings is essential. Even the smallest amount of contamination can lead to food poisoning and allergic reactions.
Food-poisoning bacteria, such as E.coli and salmonella, can easily spread from food onto countertops, utensils, and people’s hands (which are the primary cause of cross-contamination) and then onto ready-to-eat food. Likewise, traces of allergens can spread to other food when people handle allergenic foods unsafely.
Training ensures staff know how to prevent cross-contamination and therefore protect consumers from ill-health.
Reduce food waste
Poor hygiene practices often lead to food going out of date or becoming unsuitable for consumption. For example, storing food at inappropriate temperatures, in unsuitable containers, or without a proper rotation system.
Food hygiene training teaches people how to properly organise and store food. This maintains the quality of food, minimises wastage, and saves the business time and money.
Poor efficiency in food businesses is often due to a lack of training. When staff know how to work hygienically and improve storage methods, work activities will flow better. People can divide up tasks efficiently and prevent errors that lead to people doing jobs twice.
As a result, the business can cater to more customers and impress them with their quality service, which encourages people to come back.
Promote a positive workplace culture
Because hygiene training drives home the importance of good practices – ones that prevent sickness and allergic reactions – it improves people’s motivation to follow them. Over time, this will become a company-wide attitude and will prevent staff from becoming complacent.
Build a positive reputation
When you run a business that works hard to uphold good hygiene practices, customers and clients will recognise your efforts, trust that your food is safe, and want to do business with you. Food hygiene training provides staff with the knowledge they need to build and maintain this positive reputation.
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