Hygiene issues cleared up

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The training company Mulberry House says many care providers operate under the misunderstanding that staff must have food hygiene certificates even though they are not required by law. Mulberry House director Nigel Spicer said the non-requirement of food hygiene certificates was acknowledged by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). “Sadly, some inspecting officers are prey to the myth that they are required ­ they are not,” Mr Spicer said. “What the law does require is that anyone and everyone who handles food or drink in any way as part of their work duties must have written or oral instruction prior to handling foodstuffs so that they do so safely and hygienically. Thankfully, the new standards will reflect the law as it is, rather than forcing the issuing of food hygiene certificates, which are not a legal requirement. “However, if something went wrong, how could an owner or manager prove a staff member had been trained?” Mr Spicer said that, because there was no formal official recognit

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