Food Hygiene and The Law
Helping Your Business To Pass Hygiene Inspections
By keeping on top of the food hygiene regulations relating to your business, you’ll be able to pass checks with flying colours.
If you are producing food products to sell to the general public, then you’ll no doubt be aware that there are so many rules and regulations for you to abide by. For a new business owner, this can seem a little daunting, and actually, the same can be said for the most established companies too. With rules constantly evolving and changing, each year can bring new information for you to remember. So to help you out, here is a quick-read guide to food hygiene and the law, and the steps you can take to make sure that you stick to the rules.
Read up on the rules
First of all, you need to be aware of the rules relating to each aspect of your business. There’s more to food regulations than just keeping your kitchen clean. There is legislation relating to production, processing, packaging and labelling, importing, distribution, retailing and catering. So really take the time to read through the rule book, and identify ways in which you can put these rules into action in the workplace.
These rules are enforced by food hygiene inspection officers, who will look at a number of things during their time at your premises. These include where you are preparing your food, the kind of food it is that you make, how you and your team work and your food safety management system. After all, it is impossible to get a clear picture without looking at the different facets of a business. How often you are inspected can vary. You may have regular routine inspections, or one relating to a complaint. It’s very much unique to each individual case – and liaising with the council and your inspectors will help you to understand the timing of your visits.
Don’t cut corners
Because of the rigorousness of these inspections and the importance of maintaining good food hygiene, it’s vital that you don’t cut corners. While it can be tempting to save money and time, you should never do so where food hygiene is concerned. Customers are growing more and more vigilant, and one complaint could seriously affect the future of your business. So draw up a checklist of daily tasks – and stick to it!
Calling in the professionals
There is professional help available for business owners wanting to take extra care. Food production cleaning services are a great idea for those wanting to make sure their premises are as clean as possible before an inspection. These professional cleaners will adhere to all rules and regulations while providing a service that is uniquely tailored to the needs of your business. If pests are a concern, then ask your cleaning team about any pest control services that they offer too.
Keeping it clean? No problem!
With so many regulations surrounding food hygiene, it is essential that you get to grips with them as quickly as possible. Having a routine in place, including regular visits from professional cleaners, will help you maintain excellent standards. So whether you are launching a new business or have been operating for years, evaluating your hygiene practises will only do your company the world of good.