Should Celebrity Cook Books Contain Food Safety Advice?

If you take a quick scan of your bookshelf, the chances are you’ll have at least one celebrity cookbook amongst your collection.  Some great recipes no doubt but what is missing?  A recent study carried out by the North Carolina State University, published in the British Food Journal, finds that cookbooks are lacking adequate advice on food safety awareness.

The study took a selection of recipes containing raw meat from 29 cookbooks and examined them for advice on cross contamination and accurate cooking temperatures.  Of those recipes chosen, only 8% provided a safe cooking temperature and, unnervingly, just over 25% of temperatures given were inaccurate.  As a general rule with the majority of recipes studied, the guidance given on establishing whether something was cooked properly or not was fairly unclear.  Katrina Levine, one of the co-authors of the research, stated that, ‘the most common indicator was cooking time’.  She went on to explain that this can vary enormously depending on type and efficiency of cooker, whether the meat is chilled or not before placing in the oven and other ambient factors, so it is not always an appropriate method for gauging whether food is sufficiently cooked or not.

Your favourite celebrity chef might have some novel culinary ideas for a different twist on a popular recipe or food combinations which they want to share with you but, hand in hand with that should go the responsibility to educate on basic food safety principles, including thoroughly researched, safe cooking times and advice on how to avoid cross contamination by adopting a few simple hygiene practices.  It is improbable that the majority of the general public will have received food hygiene training unless working in an industry that requires it.  Therefore, awareness of risk of cross contamination and ensuring correct temperatures for eliminating pathogens to prevent food borne illness is likely to be fairly low.

The study concluded that the lack of, and in some cases incorrect, direction concerning food safety practices in cookbooks could increase the risk of foodborne illnesses.  Currently, it is unclear how consumers translate the information provided in cookbooks and it was conceded that further research is necessary to study the consequences of user habits and actions when following a recipe.  However, regardless of how consumers mimic their gastronomic guru, the study does appear to establish the need for cookbooks to include basic food safety advice and principles that will promote safe food practices in the home.

 

Qualsafe Training Courses

Qualsafe Training Courses

 

Qualsafe trainingCaterSafe Consultants are an approved Training Centre by Qualsafe Awards, and we offer a range of Qualsafe qualifications in food safety and other subject areas.

Qualsafe Awards is a relatively new but fast growing Awarding Body, which has gained a lot of respect and credibility.  Qualsafe are an Ofqual recognised Awarding Organisation, established by experts in the first aid training industry. Although Qualsafe Awards speacialise in first aid, they have become a ‘one stop shop’ for various other types of compliance and other training. Qualsafe pride themselves on having a ‘thorough understanding’ of what both we at CaterSafe  and our clients want and need from an Awarding Body. Their aim like ours is to help learners achieve and succeed!

CaterSafe Consultants offer a range of Qualsafe accredited qualifications that are included on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF).

As with all the Awarding Bodies which CaterSafe Consultants choose to use, Qualsafe Awards have in place rigorous assessment requirements and very high standards of quality assurance (both external and internal). As an approved CIEH centre, CaterSafe welcomes this robust level of quality assurance as it gives us  confidence and peace of mind; ensuring consistency, fairness, reliability and excellence.

For more details about our Qualsafe Awards courses, or to find a specific Qualsafe course which suits your needs or best helps your business, please contact a member of our training team today.

RSPH Training Courses

RSPH Training Courses

 

PrintCaterSafe Consultants are an approved Centre by The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), and as such we offer a range of RSPH qualifications in food safety and other subject areas.

The RSPH is an independent registered charity and a well-established awarding body dedicated to the improvement of public health and wellbeing. The RSPH is well-known for its expertise, and one of the most influential voices and champions for public health. The RSPH campaigns to draw attention to various issues, which call a wide range of organisations, local authorities and government to take action and make the necessary changes that, will improve the health and wellbeing for all.

The RSPH is both a nationally and internationally recognised, highly respected Awarding Body, which will add a certain amount of gravitas to your qualification. The RSPH provide a wide range of vocational qualifications that are directly relevant to the workplace and national health – qualifications in areas such as pest control, health improvement and food safety. The RSPH are committed to improving the public’s health through developing and delivering the most innovative and relevant qualifications.

The RSPH are recognised and regulated to award accredited qualifications by Ofqual, the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator. CaterSafe offer RSPH qualifications over a range of subject areas, and at all levels. These range from basic induction level, through to advanced qualifications at level 4. All of our RSPH courses can be delivered in a flexible manner can be tailored to the requirements of your business and catered to your individual needs.

As with all the Awarding Bodies which CaterSafe choose to work with, The RSPH have in place rigorous assessment requirements and very high standards of quality assurance (both external and internal). As an approved RSPH centre, CaterSafe welcomes this robust level of quality assurance as it gives us  confidence and peace of mind; ensuring consistency, fairness, reliability and excellence.

 

For more details about our RSPH courses, or to find a specific RSPH course which suits your needs or best helps your business, please contact a member of our training team today.

CIEH Training Courses

CIEH Training Courses

 

CIEHCaterSafe Consultants are an approved Centre by The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and we offer a range of CIEH qualifications in food safety and other subject areas.

The CIEH is a registered charity and a well-established awarding body; serving as the professional voice and champion for environmental health. The CIEH, over a number of years, have set standards for the development of Environmental Health Practitioners to engaging with Governments, and have been at the forefront of environmental Health for over 130 years. The CIEH’s history goes back as early as the 1840s, when the social reformer Sir Edwin Chadwick, (whose grandfather was a close friend of John Wesley) directed an inquiry into the causes of poverty. This study concluded that people often became poor due to ill health because of an unhygienic environment.  Chadwick firmly believed that improving sanitation was the key to breaking this vicious cycle. The motto of the CIEH to this day is ‘Amicus Humani Generis’ which when translated from Latin into English, literally means ‘Friend of the Human Race.’ Chadwick’s campaigning led to the Public Health Act of 1848. Following on from this, The Association of Public Sanitary Inspectors was established in 1883. This organisation would later become the CIEH. .

Today, the CIEH is both a nationally and internationally recognised and highly respected Awarding Body, which will add a certain amount of gravitas to your qualification. The CIEH is well-known for its quality, flexibility, expertise, and one of the most influential voices on public health and safety. The CIEH are committed to providing courses and qualifications which are innovative and meet the highest possible professional standards.

Spring 2017 marked the launch of CIEH’s brand new work-based learning programmes, something they are calling ‘Partners in Professionalism’.

CaterSafe offer CIEH qualifications over a range of subject areas, and at all levels. These range from basic induction level, through to advanced qualifications at level 4. All of our CIEH course can be delivered in a flexible manner. As such, all of our CIEH training courses can be tailored to the requirements of you business and catered to your specific needs.

As with all the Awarding Bodies which CaterSafe choose to use, The CIEH have in place rigorous assessment requirements and very high standards of quality assurance (both external and internal). As an approved CIEH centre, CaterSafe welcomes this robust level of quality assurance as it gives us  confidence and peace of mind; ensuring consistency, fairness, reliability and excellence.

 

For more details about our CIEH courses, or to find a specific CIEH course which suits your needs or best helps your business, please contact a member of our training team today.

HABC Training Courses

HABC Training Courses

 

highfieldCaterSafe Consultants are fully approved by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) and offer a range of Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) accredited HABC compliance qualifications, which have proved very popular with our trainers and learners alike.

HABC are an nationally and internationally respected Awarding Body and are currently the UK and Middle East’s leading provider of compliance and work-based learning  and training materials. Highfield was started in 1982 as a family business by food safety expert Richard Sprenger, famous for the landmark book ‘Hygiene for Management’ and the Food Hygiene Handbook. From there the Company has grown exponentially; enjoying exceptional growth and is now one of the top awarding organisations in UK. But despite their expansion, HABC are still committed to the family values of quality, service and integrity.

HABC are known for their quality, engaging and user-friendly materials, which we as a centre enjoy using and on which we regularly receive very positive feedback from our learners. HABC are committed to providing courses which are of the highest quality and will listen to their clients:

97% of clients rated the quality of support they receive from Highfield as good or excellent.

94% of clients rated the quality of examination and training materials as good or excellent.

96% of clients rated the turnaround time for results and certificates as good or excellent.

HABC offer qualifications over a diverse range of subject areas and at all levels; ranging from basic induction levels, right through to advanced qualifications at level 4. Unlike the CIEH, (who have recently relinquished their Ofqual status) the majority of HABC’s qualifications are registered and approved by Ofqual . Ofqual regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and were set up in April 2010 under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and is also covered by the Education Act 2011.

As with all the Awarding Bodies which CaterSafe choose to work with, HABC have in place rigorous assessment requirements and very high standards of quality assurance (both external and internal), which include observations and audits. As an approved HABC centre, CaterSafe welcomes this robust level of quality assurance as it gives us  confidence and peace of mind; ensuring consistency, fairness, reliability and excellence.

For more details about our HABC courses, or to find a specific HABC course which suits your needs or best helps your business, please contact a member of our training team today.

The Training of Food Handlers

The Training of Food Handlers

By law, those responsible for running a food business must ensure that food handlers receive food safety training which is ‘commensurate’ to their level of responsibility. In other words, the level of training that each food handler receives should be appropriate for their individual job role and work activities. This basically means that food business operators are required to evaluate the risks associated with the different job functions their food handling staff perform and then provide them with the appropriate food safety training.

Failure by food business owners to follow high standards of food safety can easily cause food to become defiled or contaminated, resulting in potentially fatal consequences for the business’ customers and financial disaster for the business’ owner.

The Benefits for Employers

Whilst the law does not demand that all employees go through a formal or an accredited food safety training programme, it would be very inadvisable to not do so. Based on our experience and dialogue with food business operators from a wide range of sizes and sectors within the food industry, the message is that these recognised courses are inclined to be more rigorous and the outcome in most cases tends to be a lot better; promoting a greater level of work engagement from staff and an increased commitment to their job requirements and areas of responsibility.
Employers should not see training as an optional extra or just as something to ‘get done’ to ‘tick’ the proverbial ‘box’. Neither should it be viewed as something to do to placate auditors or enforcement officers. But rather, as something positive which can have a direct effect on peace of mind and the overall profitability and reputation of the business.

The Benefits for Employees

As well as complying with the law, the main benefit of investing in training is ensuring that staff members are equipped to carry out their jobs competently, safely and confidently. It also ensures that standards across the establishment remain high and that consistency is maintained. As well as enabling employees to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date, staff training also has a direct impact on morale and productivity. For example, where staff members recognize that the business owners value their contribution because they have invested in training and development, this will generally show in greater commitment and longevity, and retaining skilled staff is key to any successful business. Just on a practical level, trained staff who are motivated to come to work because they feel valued is what all potentially successful businesses need.

Training does not stand alone

Training does not stand alone nor is it a panacea against food poisoning, mal-practice or contamination. Remember that knowledge without application is effectively useless. It is imperative that knowledge gained from training is applied. It is worth noting that in a lot of food poisoning outbreaks, ignorance is not always responsible.
Training should be underpinned by effective supervision, and is something that is not a ‘once for all’ event. Refresher training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) should be carried out regularly to ensure that skills and knowledge are kept up-to-date.
Want a successful food business?
Start by investing in staff training!

CaterSafe can deliver a range of on-site and off-site courses by professional trainers, ensuring that you and your staff comply with the law and develop skills and knowledge to enhance your business.
For more details, please contact a member of our training team.