The Awards in Food Safety are available in 3 different levels; their aim is to educate personnel who work regularly with preparing, cooking and handling food, ensuring that they meet legal requirements and understand the hazards and consequences involved in food preparation.
In the UK, the food hygiene standards are classified as a separate branch in general workplace health & safety:
Food Hygiene Standards- they are overseen by the FSA and not the Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
Local Authority Environmental Health Officers usually enforce food hygiene standards in retail food premises and their local food factories.
HSE: they ensure that the food machinery is manufactured and designed to the set standards, including food hygiene and other related issues such as cleaning.
It is very important for people who handle food to show the highest standards of hygiene practices in food preparation, handling, serving and storage. This is not only applicable to those who work in kitchens, but also those who serve food to customers or those working in food manufacture. Improper hygiene practices can lead to contamination of food, which can lead to fatal consequences.