Later today (Monday 11th July, 2016), the British Hospitality Association (BHA) will be launching its new ‘Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering’. The guide will be recognised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and by Food Standards Scotland (FSS).
As argued in previous blog posts, food businesses must have proper systems in place to keep their premises clean and their customers safe. The new guide will provide caterers with practical advice on how to comply with their responsibilities under food hygiene legislation. It will provide the catering industry with clarity and a useful benchmark for legal compliance. Businesses will be able to compare their own food safety policies and practices, as well as target changes to achieve the most efficient and effective means of compliance.
The guide will include:
- Information taken into account by local authority enforcement officers when carrying out inspections.
- Requirements on how to comply with the law.
- Guidance to achieve a top score in the national Hygiene Ratings Scheme.
- Requirements for premises and equipment.
- Food hygiene and safety procedures.
- Food safety management procedures and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) systems.
- Advice on training requirements for different levels of staff.
- Best practice arrangements beyond the scope of the law.
- Advice on how to comply with the allergen requirements of the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 2014.
We will follow up on this post with more details once the guide has been published.
See previous blog posts on the topic of food safety here including our recent article entitled Food Hygiene: Disinfectant Advice From Arpal Group