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Cross Contamination Leads to Food Poisoning

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“Do you want food poisoning with your takeaway order?”

Not unreasonably, consumers would not be willing to endure food poisoning if it was on the menu but it seems that around 7000 takeaways in the UK fail their Food Standards Agency and local authority inspections.

This means there is a high probability that consumers will leave their local takeaway with more than they ordered.

Food poisoning is caused by bacteria travelling and as we all know, it’s not a pleasant experience.

Cross contamination reduces significantly when food preparation staff follow certain rules and guidelines, such as:

  • Don’t allow raw meat, poultry or unwashed raw vegetables to touch other foods.
  • Never prepare ready-to-eat food using utensils and chopping boards that have been used to prepare raw meat, poultry or unwashed raw vegetables. They must be washed and disinfected thoroughly first.
  • Always cover raw meat and store it on the bottom shelf of the fridge.
  • Clean worktops and utensils with hot water and detergent.
  • Disinfect all surfaces that have had contact with raw meat, poultry and unwashed raw vegetables.
  • Disinfect equipment and utensils using boiling water, an antibacterial cleaner or in a dishwasher.
  • Keep dishcloths clean and change them frequently.
  • Always wash hands thoroughly after touching raw meat, poultry and unwashed raw vegetables.
  • Always wash hands after one task before starting another.
  • Avoid preparing food if you are ill, especially with vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
  • Fruit and vegetables may still carry soil that houses bacteria so they need to be washed thoroughly.

These are just some of the factors which make the difference between a good food hygiene rating score and a reputation to be proud of or legal action, fines, inspection failures and potential closure.

Please be proactive about increasing staff knowledge and managing the establishment’s food hygiene levels effectively. Takeaway hygiene training is imperative for all staff and management.

Specialist firms like Food Alert deliver courses online and in a classroom environment, courses can be taken at their premises or yours so there’s no reason to postpone the training that you and your team will benefit from.

Many courses are Chartered Institute of Environmental Health or Royal Society for the Protection of Health certified.

The range of food hygiene courses available includes these:

  • CIEH Food Safety Awareness.
  • Food Safety Induction Training.
  • CIEH level 1 Food Safety.
  • CIEH level 2 Food Safety.
  • CIEH level 3 Food Safety.
  • RSPH level 4 Managing Food Safety
  • CIEH level 2 Food Safety in Manufacturing.
  • CIEH level 3 Supervising Food Safety in Manufacturing.
  • CIEH level 4 Managing Food Safety in Manufacturing.
  • CIEH level 2 Cleaning in Food Premises.
  • CIEH Food Allergens Awareness Online.
  • CIEH Legionella Awareness.
  • Health and safety training courses.

You may also want to consider takeaway hygiene training that focuses on HACCP – Hazards Analysis Critical Control Points –  an EU and UK legislation meeting food safety management system. Again, these food hygiene courses are available at staff, supervisor and management levels.

Please call Food Alert or another professional training company for more details on how to achieve excellent standards.