From the 1st of January 2006, new hygiene legislation introduced for the UK will come into force. It will require all food businesses to have a food safety management system in place based on hazard analysis critical control point principles. This new legislation will affect all food manufacturers, retailers, restaurants and caterers, requiring them to implement systems, monitor and keep records to ensure food is produced safely.
Small food businesses often have problems implementing the main principles of HACCP, since they are often confused by the complex terminology, and cannot afford the expertise and help required. Indeed the majority of food businesses are small catering businesses (there are approx 400,000 in England ). Safer food, better business is new way forward for these businesses.
SFBB is a simple but effective approach that has integrated good hygienic practices and HACCP in a practical way but can still be mapped onto the 7 principles of HACCP. Safer food, better business consists of a series of a series of "safe method" factsheets based on the four Cs: cooking, chilling, cleaning and cross-contamination.
Your SFBB packs should be delivered to you from early September and local Environmental Health Officers will be available to offer guidance.
What can Fane do for your business?
Fane offer several courses that can help you to set up and operate your food safety systems
Implementing Food Safety Systems Level 3
Food Safety Management level 2
If you would like additional support, or if you simply want to "get ahead of the game," then FANE have developed a one-day workshop through which you will be provided with all the practical help you require to ensure that you and your business comply fully with the new legislation.
If you're interested in receiving more information, we'd be delighted to here from you.
"Good hygiene is important to make sure that the food you serve is safe to eat. And it makes good business sense because good hygiene prevents food poisoning and protects your reputation with customers"
"Safer food, better business is aimed at helping small catering businesses comply with the new Council Regulation 852/2004 that applies from 1 January 2006, which consolidates food hygiene legislation."
(Food Standards Agency, 2005)