Food Safety Week kicks off

By Rod Addy

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Learndirect Business is offering training opportunities to help businesses brush up on food hygiene as National Food Safety Week begins today (June...

Learndirect Business is offering training opportunities to help businesses brush up on food hygiene as National Food Safety Week begins today (June 11).

The online training provider has launched a Basic Food Hygiene eCourse, costing £29.99 to complete. The course​ can be completed online, giving employers the chance to train staff at any time of the day, and covers areas such as micro-organisms and how they can cause illness, and pest control.

The Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH) has also teamed up with Learndirect Business to provide what it claims is the first food safety exam that can be accessed via the internet. The test can be taken at several RIPH-approved Learndirect centres around the country and offers two different RIPH accredited qualifications: a Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering and a Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene.

Now in its 15th year, Food Safety Week is organised by local environmental health departments, health promotion and infection control teams in hospitals, schools and businesses. This year’s theme is ‘The 4 Cs for food safety’ (cleanliness, cooking, chilling and cross-contamination).

Justine Fosh, head of business development at Learndirect Business, said: “Every business that deals with food has to comply with food hygiene legislation, including caterers, producers, manufacturers and retailers. To protect their customers as well as their businesses, it is essential they maintain good food hygiene standards year-round, not just in Food Safety Week.”