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Food Hygiene rating
Natalie Stanton

What are food hygiene ratings? Your questions answered.

You may be familiar with the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. It is a national scheme that operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is operated by the Food Standards Agency in partnership with local authorities. The Food Hygiene Rating scheme provides customers with information about hygiene standards in food

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What is food safety?
Natalie Stanton

What is food safety and why is it important?

All food business operators should apply the highest possible standards of food safety when preparing food for customers. Ensuring high standards of food safety is critical to the success of a food business, ensuring the safety of customers, avoiding food safety issues and complying with food safety laws. We will

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Best before and Use by Dates
Natalie Stanton

What are best before and use by dates?

Food law requires that food business operators adhere to Use By dates on food labels. It is good practice to also follow Best Before dates. Date marking is also essential to track when food needs to be used or thrown away and to permit good stock rotation. There are two

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Reheating food
Natalie Stanton

Reheating food safely

Reheating food is a great way to reduce food waste. Food must be reheated safely. When reheating food you must be mindful of the ‘danger zone’. This is between 5°C to 63°C. This is the range within which bacteria can grow rapidly. It is not good enough to simply warm

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Handwashing
Natalie Stanton

Why is handwashing important?

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has reinforced why personal hygiene is important. More than ever customers are conscious of hygiene when they eat out. They notice if staff do not wash their hands when preparing food. For food handlers, good personal hygiene has always been essential and it is now more

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Food Hygiene & Safety Training
Natalie Stanton

What is food hygiene and safety training? Why is it important?

Food hygiene and safety training is the process of teaching people how to keep food safe to eat. People who work with food are food handlers. Working with food includes storage, preparation and service. Food handlers need to be aware of the risks associated with handling food. They also need

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Food Allergens and Plant-Based Foods
Natalie Stanton

Food allergens and plant-based foods

How often do you prepare plant-based food at home? Do you need to think about food allergens when preparing foods? Veganism, vegetarianism and plant-based diets have become very trendy lately. The number of vegans and vegetarians worldwide has increased significantly over recent years. Likewise, the number of food allergy sufferers

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11 Tips for a successful Food Hygiene inspection
Natalie Stanton

11 tips for a successful food hygiene inspection

Achieving a food hygiene rating of 5 is what every food business should be aiming for. It lets your customers know that you serve safe food. I’m an EHO with over 10 years of experience working for local authorities. I now work as a business food safety advisor and trainer.

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3 Tips to improve your food hygiene rating
Natalie Stanton

3 tips to improve your Food Hygiene Rating

Achieving a food hygiene rating of 5 is what every food business should be aiming for. Below are my top tips to improve your food hygiene rating. A food hygiene rating shows how well a business is doing overall in terms of food safety, based on standards found at the

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Food Safety Top Tips for Plant-Based Foods
Natalie Stanton

Food Safety top tips for preparing plant-based foods

Plant-based foods are all the rage, appearing in restaurants, supermarkets and a range of other food businesses. There are so many delicious and healthy plant-based recipes out there to try. Some consumer diets may consist entirely of plant-based foods whilst others may be limiting their intake of foods from animals.

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Natalie Stanton

7 Tips to help you prepare for your food hygiene inspection

Do you run a food business? Or perhaps you bake from home? I’ll go through everything you need to prepare for your food hygiene inspection, from cleaning to food safety management systems and record keeping. You will also find out what sanitiser you need to use in your business. 1.

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