Food safety advice

Advice on food allergies for businesses and consumers

New legislation came into force in December 2014 which requires food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged. For example, catering outlets, deli counters, bakeries and sandwich bars. Changes to existing legislation on labelling allergenic ingredients in prepacked foods also came into effect. Find out more on the Food Standards Agency website.

Safe preparation of burgers

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reminding people to take care when preparing and cooking burgers at home.

Food safety advice documents

 Food safety management procedures (PDF 51KB)
Basic guide on how to comply with the legal requirements of food safety management procedures.

 Cross contamination (PDF 54KB)
A quick guide to cross contamination and how to prevent it.

 Personal hygiene (PDF 47KB)
A quick guide to personal hygiene at work.

 Temperature control (PDF 47KB)
Guidance on the legal requirements and good practice recommendations of temperature control.

 Probe thermometers and suppliers (PDF 56 KB)
Advice on the types of thermometers available, ideal temperatures of food and information on how to calibrate a thermometer to ensure it is working correctly.

 Food hygiene training (PDF 47 KB)
Advice on levels of food hygiene training required and where to find training.

 Consultants and trainers (PDF 55 KB)
What to consider when choosing a food safety consultancy to help you in food safety compliance.

 Use of pasteurised egg (PDF 48 KB)
Advice on using pasteurised eggs in food products.

 Use of ice for drinks (PDF 51 KB)
A guide to the hygienic production, storage and service of ice for drinks.

 Barbecue cooking (PDF 62 KB)
Advice on how to make sure barbecue food is prepared, cooked and served safely to avoid food poisoning.

Contact us

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