The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has launched a new free online training tool for entry-level workers handling food.
The Food Hygiene Training for All tool, available via the BHA website in seven languages, is principally aimed at the food and service management sector but is applicable to all catering organisations.
Produced by EFFAT (European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions) and FERCO (European Federation of Contract Catering Organisations), it meets the EU legislation requirements, focusing on the tasks performed by first-level food handlers across Europe, and their level of responsibility.
Cocoms drafted the technical content and developed the tool with the support of social partners in several member states on behalf of EFFAT and FERCO.
John Dyson, director of Cocoms and food and technical adviser to the BHA, said that while the main objective was to offer an innovative food hygiene training opportunity to first level food handlers it should also contribute to the development of in-house training in SMEs in the hospitality sector across Europe.
Topics covered by the tool include an introduction to HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points), personal hygiene, safe food handling, and health and safety at work.
For further details, visit the BHA website.
By Janie Stamford
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