Food Hygiene | Training | Regulations


How to reheat leftovers and food safely to avoid the risk of food poisoning. What are the regulations on reheating food in a commercial premises? Can you freeze and reheat foods? What temperature should you reheat food to? What foods should you NOT reheat?

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There is no law or regulations on how often a food hygiene certificate needs to be renewed. The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 simply state that food handlers must be ‘trained in food hygiene matters commensurate with their work activities‘.

Environmental Health Officers do like to see that refresher training is provided regularly because knowledge and skills can become forgotten in time. Consequently the current best practice for food hygiene certificate renewal is every three yearsFor more information read more

If you eat out or shop for food in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. You may have noticed the food hygiene rating scheme (fhrs) that gives a 0 to 5 rating. In Scotland you will see the Food Hygiene Information Scheme (fhis) that just has PassImprovement requiredexempt or awaiting inspection.

This article tackles the following questions:

  • What are food hygiene ratings?
  • How are food hygiene ratings calculated?
  • How to find out a food hygiene rating?
  • How often are food hygiene ratings done?
  • How do local authorities plan food business inspections?

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Several of the most frequently asked questions about food hygiene concern a colour coded chopping boards set. The purpose of colour coding these cutting boards is to help prevent cross contamination of foodstuffs.

Plastic chopping boards are the most usual to have colour coded but wooden chopping boards and glass or ceramic may also be colour coded. A type of food such as raw meat will have a different colour board to raw fish, cooked meats or cooked food.

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This article tackles the following questions:-

  • What is the law for correct temperature for frozen, fridge food storage?
  • By law what is the maximum storage temperature for chilled high risk food?
  • What are the proper food storage temperatures?
  • Which temperature range is the danger zone for food storage?
  • What are the safe food storage temperatures in a fridge?

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This article answers the followoing questions about setting up your own home baking business:-

  • Do I need a food hygiene certificate if I intend to bake from home?
  • Which setups will require registration?
  • Which Food Hygiene Certification Level will I need?
  • How can I get Food hygiene training?
  • What is the Food hygiene rating scheme?

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There are various food hygiene regulations:

  • Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006
  • Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013
  • The General Food Regulations 2004
  • Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006
  • The Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006

All the regulations have a common aim. They place an obligation on all 'food businesses' to make sure that their activities are carried out hygienically. The regulations make it an offence to supply food which is unsafe to be consumed and harmful to human health.

If you break the regulations you may be fined or jailed. To find out more