Food Safety Courses are a legal requirement for all Retailers

Food retail training in the UK

Food Safety Courses are a legal requirement for all Retailers and Retail Outlets in the United Kingdom and Europe, and must be taken by all involved staff. It is the responsibility of all businesses, that includes the business owner and the administering team, to make sure that all staff are trained to the level required for the job role they hold.

The Level 1 Food Safety Course for Retail is designed to enhance the Food Safety knowledge and skills of all staff working in the Food Retailing Industry.

The course covers the basic principles of Food Safety within the Food Retailing Industry and how to apply the knowledge, once gained, thereby, helping to prevent food poisoning, reduce food complaints and fulfill your legal and moral obligations under UK and European Law.

A Level 1 Food Safety Certificate in Retail should be taken by an individual where the following can describe the persons role:

Examples of those that work within the Retail Sector who should have a Level 1 Food Safety Certificate are as follows:-

  • Those who are working in a supermarket or smaller retail setting.
  • Those who only serve hot or cold drinks
  • Utility staff and cleaners working in the retail industry
  • Those who are handling low risk foods without preparation.

The Local authorities food safety team is in charge for the inspection of food retailers and providers in the locality. They ensure that the food hygiene and quality being ready available in premises meets legal requirements. It is also responsible for ensuring food is correctly labeled and compositional standards are met.

All premises registered with the council are inspected on a priority basis according to risk. New premises should register with the council so that an initial visit can be carried out and advice given. They also deal with any health and safety issues in food premises.

Food safety legislation places an obligation on food business operators to ensure that all their activities are carried out in a hygienic way. It makes it an offence to supply food which is unsafe or harmful to human health.

Food safety training in the UK and in Europe is a legal requirement, therefore, having completed this Level 1 Food Safety Course for the Food Retail Industry and obtaining your Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) course content approved certificate, show and as evidence to employers that you are legally and morally committed to ensuring a safe and hygienic environment.