Food Hygiene Rules and Guidance For Retail

Food business or running a restaurant is a profitable venture nowadays. With food comes hygiene. Specially in the UK, you have to maintain government food hygiene rules and food safety rules. You as a retailer may face punishment if you do not abide by these rules. So food hygiene facts and food safety guidelines are necessary to know. These regulations may seem very hard but you have to keep in mind that a customer’s health depends on it! 

Basic Food Hygiene Information

Hygiene is a series of practices done to preserve human health. So food hygiene refers to a series of practices done to preserve food quality, nutrition and avoiding any contamination. A retailer must describe how his/her food is made and how safe it is to eat.

Basic Food Hygiene Guidelines

There are 4 Cs in food hygiene guidelines. Everybody who deals with food has to maintain that. Whether they handle the food or cook it. Generally these guidelines are-

Clean hands, environment, kitchen, food containers and food itself. Having clean hands is a prerequisite if you want to start a food retail shop. Some cleaning products are-

Are used to wash dishes, cans, cups etc.

Normally for cooks or food keepers

Used mainly on surfaces to make it bacteria / virus free.

Cooking is normally done to avoid rawness ,kill germs and of course make the food tasty. But there are regulations for cooking every type of food under minimum conditions. Such as-

Any meat (poultry, duck, steaks, products made from minced meat such as burgers, sausages and kebabs, kidneys, liver and other types of offal) has to be cooked thoroughly. Meat can contain harmful bacterias inside. Undercooked meat can cause food poisoning.

To avoid the risk of campylobacter, heat liver cores to 70°C for 2 minutes. Pre-freezing livers is also recommended avoiding campylobacter.

The standard cooking temperatures in the UK are 60°C for 45 minutes, 65°C for 10 minutes, 70°C for 2 minutes, 75°C for 30 seconds, 80°C for 6 seconds.

Chilling / frosting / freezing the food is necessary to preserve food. The foods with expiring dates, cooked dishes, prepared salads and desserts are supposed to be chilled. If you do not store these kinds of food in proper freezing temperature or freezing temperature is not operating well, then you have two options.

You can understand it by its name. Bacteria can spread between food, surfaces and equipment. Normally you can contaminate food in three ways-

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General Food Safety Guidelines

Food safety guidelines follow the same as the food hygiene facts. The steps are

Clean hands, environment, kitchen and the food itself. Washing hands is the prerequisite of all as cross contamination happens with hands.

Separate the prepared food from raw food, rotten food from fresh food and more importantly clean food from dirty places.

Cook and Chill seafoods, meat, poultry, and egg dishes at a minimum temperature to destroy harmful microorganisms.

Specific Populations are disturbed by some foodborne illness. Pregnents, OT patients, infants or aged people should take special precaution about food hygiene and safety.

ood Industry Rules and Regulations

There are numerous and a very long regulation guidelines for the food industry. The UK government rolls a strict eye to these food hygiene guidelines. The facts a food industry has to maintain are-   

Food Safety Guideline

Whether you have the permission or eligibility to do business in the place. 

  • Temperature control
  • Product handling
  • Cleaning
  • Personal hygiene
  • Display of open foods
  • Supervision, instruction and/or training
  • Pest control
  • Equipment and facilities
  • Structure
  • Documentation, monitoring and records
  • Emergency procedures
  • Transport
  • Movable/temporary premises.

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Hygiene Standards for Food Handlers

The law of the UK government implies that food staff who handle food must have some food hygiene standards. These food hygiene rules are-

Tips for Serving Food Safely

This should happen only once for each food. If you can not serve the cold food by this time, throw it away or chill it. You have to chill the hot foods to as much as 63˚c to serve. Don’t forget to preserve the food in a safe temperature.

Guidelines in Preparing Stocks

Food contamination may not be life-threatening, but improper hygiene practice can cause painful illness or even long-term problems. As a food retailer businessman, you have to be aware of this fact ‘bad food means bad business’. In an instance you can lose your popularity and credibility as a food retailer. I believe you don’t want that ever. So change your life and the business policy by doing this course.

October 25, 2023
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