Kate Underwood HR now has quite a few clients who are in the ‘food trade’. So, I thought I’d ask our friend Ruth at Simply Safer to be the guest blogger this month and share some handy food safety-related advice!

Simply Safer supports businesses to comply with the legal safety requirements for both food safety and Health and Safety, they provide food safety advice to businesses across the UK with most along the south coast.


What are your customers thinking?

Twice a year the Food Standards Agency carry out a survey of the public to discover their attitudes and concerns regarding food safety.

When questioned about food safety issues, 36% of people asked were concerned about hygiene when eating out and 30% were concerned about food poisoning.

45% of respondents reported concerns about food safety in restaurants, pubs, cafés and takeaways. But 42% were also concerned about UK shops and supermarkets.

These results show that there are some real concerns about eating out. This is reflected by the fact that 84% of respondents said that they were aware of the hygiene rating in places they eat out or buy food.

It is becoming more and more important to have a Very Good 5, or Good 4 Food Hygiene Rating.

Reputation is so important when running a food business and bad news travels and, unfortunately, sticks so much longer than the good stuff.

You should always make sure that you are ready for an inspection and that your staff are also ready in case the owner or manager are having a day off when it happens.

The Food Hygiene Rating is given based on what is found at that time. You will not get away with an excuse like: “The chef has taken the paperwork home”, so any paperwork needs to be on the premises and whoever is in charge at that time needs to know where to find it.

If you’d like help to make sure you are in the best position for your inspection email [email protected] to request an Inspection Self-Assessment checklist.

Ruth Baker, Simply Safer

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