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Food safety training

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

Those responsible for developing and maintaining the food safety management system must also have received adequate training.

The requirements for training should be seen in the context of the nature and size of the business. There is no legal requirement to attend a formal training course or get a qualification, although many businesses may want their staff to do so. The necessary skills may also be obtained in other ways, such as through on-the-job training, self-study or relevant prior experience.

You (the operator of the food business) are responsible for ensuring this happens.


The Chartered Institute of Environmental HealthOpens new window will be able to provide you with details of training centres that run food hygiene courses. They can also provide details of trainers who run courses in languages other than English.
Telephone: 020 7928 6006.

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