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Food Hygiene Laws can be complex and the businesses owner needs to understand what laws do and don’t apply to their food business.

Below there are is a Q&A which we find many food businesses are asking us.

Do I need to Train my Staff in Food Hygiene?

YES. Food handlers must receive appropriate supervision, and be instructed and/or trained in food hygiene, to enable them to handle food safely.  

What Temperature should Food be cooked to?

The FSA recommends that Cooked and Reheated food should be cooked to a minimum of 75oC for at least 30 seconds.

Is there a legal requirement for what temperature chilled food should be stored at?

Yes. In England and Wales certain chilled food should be stored at 8oC or below.

If I am keeping food hot so to sell it hot is there a temperature I should be storing it at.

Yes. The legal requirement states that the  Hold Holding of Food must be kept at above 63oC.

I am a Butcher producing Shawarma do I need to do micro testing on this product.

Yes depending on how much you are producing. The Micro criteria legislation states that you should be testing this product for e-coli and salmonella weekly. However this applies to butchers which produce over certain tonnage.

Do I need to record all the checks I do?

Yes. You need documented evidence that are producing safe food. The EHO will inspect your paperwork when they audit you.

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