Food hygiene is good for business. The Food Standards Agency has just released a list of the top businesses that achieve Level 5 FSHR. There’s also lots of free information to support their Safer food, Better Business pack. This video is one of their latest offerings. I like it and hope you do too.
The success of Trip Advisor means that customers frequently check the feedback on places to eat, sleep and drink first. The FSA have been providing a similar valuable service for the last five years. However, unlike Trip Advisor, checking the FSA’s Scores on the Doors rating site first, might just save you from becoming ill through food poisoning.
There are many high profile chefs, restaurants and hotels who are operating successfully, whilst the kitchen cleanliness, food handling and hygiene standards leave much to be desired. So it’s always good to check first.
I accept that it’s tempting it is to handle food with your fingers. My response is this: training, practice and supervision. It’s like wearing your seat belt, after a while, if you don’t wear it, it doesn’t feel right. That’s the stage that chefs and food handlers must to be at to be hygienic, so that it becomes the norm to use utensils for the job.
One thing is clear – you won’t get a Level 5 Food Hygiene Rating from the local environmental health officer if you haven’t trained the staff how to handle food hygienically. And you must also be able to demonstrate it when they visit.