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Food safety is of paramount importance and there is great emphasis on the caterer and cook taking care of how they prepare food.
Training in aspects of food hygiene are now required for anyone involved in preparing food in a business. Most large organisations are well organised in providing such training and have developed manuals and training programmes.
Also HACCP (Hazard analysis critical control points) is a major part of ensuring good food hygiene practice.
However about 80 per cent of the 700,000 food businesses in the UK are run by only one person or by a handful of individuals. Such small businesses have little time to devote to formal training and attending courses.
With this in mind the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has developed a package of information for the small food business called “aafer food better business” which provides information plus a diary for recording events on a daily basis.
Information on this was provided at the seminar on HACCP organised by Highfield (www.highfield.co.uk) in London on 3 October 2005.
It is hoped that as the information on “safer food better business” is available on the FSA website it will help those involved in small businesses to be more aware of food safety issues. This will require a great deal of promotion to these businesses and also help in other forms for those caterers who do not have access to computers.