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Food Hygiene Consultant Kent

Food Hygiene Consultant Kent

Whether you are starting a new food business or have been running one for many years; it is always essential to refresh yourself with the latest food hygiene knowledge. One of the best ways to make sure your business in Kent is following best practice approaches to food safety is by employing a food hygiene consultant Kent. At CaterSafe, we offer food hygiene consultant Kent for training, strategies and audits.

One of the ways a food hygiene consultant can help you is by developing a food hygiene plan. Here are some of the tops tips from a food hygiene consultant Kent on how to prepare your business for food safety.

Top Tips From A Food Hygiene Consultant Kent

  1. Get to know your hazards

Every food business will have their unique hazards. It is essential to get to know all of the hazards in your organisation and how to control them. For this, training in HACCP is critical, so you know what to look out for. Secondly, it is useful to have a fresh pair of eyes to overlook your production line and processes just in case there is a hazard you have missed.

  1. Don’t stress

Food safety is important, but it shouldn’t be something to fear. Outshine your competitors by putting a focus on food hygiene and make it fun for your team. After all, audits and inspections are to help your business. These checks can help to improve your standards which strengthen your organisation.

  1. It’s a team effort

Food safety isn’t just a responsibility for you or your food hygiene consultant Kent. It should be a role for your whole team. Ensure everyone receives food hygiene training and make sure it becomes a key component of everything you do, not just a burden when it is time for an inspection.

Looking for a food hygiene consultant Kent?

If you are looking for support for your food business, CaterSafe Consultants can help. Our team can provide training, inspections and food hygiene plans to help your business succeed. Find out more with a free consultation. Call or email the team to arrange your appointment.

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HACCP Consulting Kent

HACCP Consulting Kent

With HACCP being a critical part of your food safety plan, it is essential to ensure you have the right help at hand. When it comes to HACCP, it can be an excellent idea to employ third-party HACCP consulting Kent. So how can you find the right HACCP consultancy that your food business needs?

Step One: Create A Plan For Your Business

When it comes to your knowledge, time and business style, they will each play a part on what type of HACCP consultant you need. For HACCP Consulting Kent, experts can be as involved as you want them to. They can offer a range of services such as;

  • Devising and documenting a HACCP plan
  • Verify an existing plan
  • Provide training and management of a food safety system
  • Assess your plan
  • Devise an implementation strategy.

Before reaching out to HACCP consultants, it is worthwhile considering what you are looking for. For example, do you want infrequent assistance or a fully managed service?

Step Two: Choosing HACCP Consulting Kent

Once you know what you want, you can then start the search for the right consultancy for you. For businesses in Kent, it is wise to choose HACCP consulting Kent, so they have easy access to your premises. If you select a consultant that is based further afield, then you may incur additional travel fees.

Secondly, you’ll want a consultant that you can gel with. It should be easy to converse with them, and both sides should be able to listen to each other. Ask about the type of support they offer and how they can help your business. Reputable HACCP consultants should be able to show you case studies and previous work they have done.

Finally, do make sure to check their qualifications.

Step Three: Get HACCP Sorted

Once you have found the perfect HACCP consulting Kent business for you, you can start to improve your food safety and stay compliant.

If you are looking for HACCP consultants in Kent, get in touch with CaterSafe Consultants who can help your business with all accepts of HACCP and food safety.

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Food Safety Consultants Kent

Food Safety Consultants Kent

For any food business, reputation is critical. Just negative comment on a review site or one person attributing their illness to your food hygiene can be devastating for your food business. Consumers need to be confident in their food choices and trust your business. One of the ways you can help your business and your customers is to utilise food safety consultants Kent.

Why Use Food Safety Consultants Kent?

With experience in many kitchens and manufacturing environments, food safety consultants have seen it all. While you may think you have your food hygiene under control, food safety consultants can help you by offering a fresh pair of eyes. They may notice something you haven’t yet considered.

Furthermore, they can provide hints and tips from their experience of working with similar organisations.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Food Safety Consultants Kent?

  1. Reduce Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Consultants can help to reduce the risk of illness from your produce and kitchens by monitoring your production facility. As a result, food safety consultants can recommend the best practice approach to minimise foodborne illness outbreaks. Furthermore, they can organise unannounced inspections to ensure your standards are always upheld.

  1. Reduce Recalls

Incorrect labelling can be a costly mistake and a huge waste of resources. Consultants will be able to assess any areas that are vulnerable to cross-contamination. Furthermore, they can help advise on labelling practices too. As a result, this can make sure that your business is always protected and covered for all possible allergens for the safety of your customers and reputation of your business.

  1. Trustworthiness

Having accredited food safety consultants Kent assess your business can be a feature to include in your marketing materials. Furthermore, using third-party consultants will be seen as trustworthy by your consumers and the media too. Consequently, you can display your results proudly on your website for additional peace of mind for your clients.

Looking For Food Safety Consultants Kent?

If you want to improve your food hygiene standards and follow best practice approaches, get in touch with CaterSafe Consultants for a free consultation by calling 01233 822 201.

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HACCP training courses in UK

Find out about HACCP training courses

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a popular, methodical and effective way to manage food safety. In 2006, a new regulation was passed that all food and beverage businesses must have a food safety management system in place. Furthermore, the system must base itself on HACCP principles. As well as this, food businesses must keep up to date records of its operations.

CaterSafe Consultants can help to bring your business up to speed with HACCP through a range of HACCP training courses delivered in-house or externally. We also offer a comprehensive Introduction To HACCP Level Two online e-learning course. This course is ideal for food businesses as it allows delegates to complete the course at a convenient time without lowering productivity or impacting production.

 

What is HACCP?

HACCP was originally a food safety system developed by NASA. NASA pioneered

HACCP training courses

 the system for increased food safety during the space race. Since then, it has evolved, and many businesses in the food and beverage industry utilise its principles. In 2006, The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006, as well as the equivalent regulations in the rest of the UK, simplified the legislation to align with HACCP principles.

HACCP principles have certainly made it easier for businesses to implement a food safety management system. However, it is vital that companies within the food industry can prove due diligence and conformance to HACCP. Complying with a HACCP strategy can lower the risk of a serious incident and can help you legally if something goes wrong.

During visits and inspections, the Environmental Health Officer is likely to ask to see your HACCP plan incorporated in your food safety management system. If you fail to comply, then you may face a fine. As well as this, you may face the prospect of closure either temporarily or permanently. With this in mind, HACCP and HACCP training courses are critical to your business success and profitability.

 

How can HACCP Training courses help?

HACCP is essential to your food safety management system. As a result, it is vital that your team has full knowledge of HACCP and how to implement it successfully in your organisation. HACCP training courses will begin by introducing the key terminology and aspects of HACCP.

With foundations in place, training can then focus on how to identify hazards. This then leads to understanding the appropriate critical control points you need in place. Hazard analysis and critical control identification can then ensure full compliance and a high standard of food safety.

CaterSafe Consultants recommend the Introduction To HACCP Level Two course to all teams who interact with food during their work. This comprehensive e-learning course allows people to learn at their own pace and at a convenient time. Furthermore, it makes it easy to train new employees as soon as they begin work. This takes away the stress and difficulty of organising regular training sessions.

Want to find out more about HACCP Training?

For more details, please call 01233 822 201 or contact a member of our consultancy team for more information.

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10 Key Steps To Starting A Food Business

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10 Key Steps To Starting A Food Business

 

Food is an essential and enjoyable part of everyday life. Starting a food business, or becoming a ‘foodpreneur’ can be incredibly rewarding. However, it also takes a lot of hard work, time, dedication and commitment, as well as having several winning recipes or products up your sleeve. If you’re ready for the challenge, here is the CaterSafe Consultants 10 step guide for how to start a food business.

 

10 Key Steps:

 

  1. Be unique

There are many different food businesses out there. In order to stand out from the crowd, you need to come up with a brand-new concept or a concept which already works, but with your own USP (unique Selling Point).  Conducting market research is essential to find out what is already out there, what is successful and how you can make your concept compete and stand out in a highly competitive industry. That said, remember not to be too ‘out there’.

 

  1. Get practicing

If you want paying customers to buy your products over and over again, then  your products need to be of a consistently high standard. Perfect your recipes as much as possible. Conduct taste tests with family, friends and local markets and welcome both positive and negative feedback, in order to help you improve your product.

 

  1. Create your business plan

Ensure investors and stakeholders take your proposal seriously and make sure your idea is viable with a solid business plan. Follow expert tips to ensure your business plan is professional and detailed.

 

  1. Contact authorities

Contact your local Trading Standards Officer for labeling and legal advice. You will also need to contact your local council and their environmental health department. Their advice can help to make sure you have a safe and effective kitchen to comply with hygiene requirements.

 

  1. Register your business

You must register your business at least 28 days before trading. Registration is free with your local authority. Depending on your food business, you may need approval. Once you are registered, an officer may inspect your business. As well as registering with your local council, you also need to register your business or sole trader account with Companies House.

 

  1. Get food hygiene savvy

Food safety is crucial to your new business as well as being a legal requirement. Food safety training can help you and your team to get up to date with the latest food laws and regulations to ensure you remain compliant.

 

  1. Gather capital

From loans to crowdfunding, to start a food business, you will need an initial investment to buy supplies, stock and potentially premises. You’ll need starting capital to cover staff costs, insurance and ensure your business is ready to go. That said however, many food businesses fail early on because they are under capitalised, over-spend on non-essentials or get into too much debt.

 

  1. Start marketing

Make sure your customers know where to find you with marketing. This could include advertising on social media, building a website and sending flyers out. Marketing can be expensive, so it is essential to set aside a budget for this purpose.

 

  1. Shine with customer service

To keep your customers returning again and again, your business needs to stand out from your competitors. Many food businesses claim to offer exceptional customer service, – but in reality, very few do!

Get the basics right, and everything else will follow. A great product at a sensible price with exceptional customer service is the recipe for success in any food business.

 

  1. Stay positive

As long as you enjoy running your food business, the enthusiasm will show. To build a successful business takes time! Concentrate on the fundamentals; your product, price and service. Remember that it takes time to build up momentum and for the word to get out, so be patient and don’t give up. Stay positive and persevere.

 

Questions about 10 Key Steps To Start A Food Business

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the 10 Key Steps To Start A Food Business – contact CaterSafe Consultants on 01233 822 201 or go to our contact page.

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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

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About the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Find out about the UK’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme that was filmed at Bluewater in Kent.

The scheme aims to help consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, cafés, takeaways, hotels and food shops.

Ratings are given to places where members of the public can eat out, such as restaurants, takeaways, cafés, sandwich shops, pubs, and hotels. Ratings are also given to other places the public eat at, when away from home, such as schools, hospitals and residential care homes.

Places where the public shop for food, such as supermarkets, bakeries, and delicatessens are also given a rating. The overarching aim of the scheme is to encourage businesses to improve hygiene standards, thus reducing the incidence of food-borne illness.

 

How CaterSafe Consultants Can Help

CaterSafe can provide a professional analysis of your business’ food storage, preparation and production areas, food safety procedures and documentation. This is followed up with a written report containing implementation recommendations, to prove you have shown ‘due diligence’ when inspected by your local Environmental Health Practitioner.

An audit from us will help your business to achieve, or work towards, the ‘very good’ hygiene standard rating operated by the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.The hygiene rating scheme, enables your customers to see how closely your business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.

CaterSafe consultants provide a professional analysis of your business’ food storage, preparation and production areas, food hygiene procedures and management systems and your documentation.

This is followed up with a written report containing implementation recommendations, to prove you have shown ‘due diligence’ when inspected by your local Environmental Health Practitioner / Officer.

An independent external audit will help boost your ‘confidence in management’ rating on The National Food Hygiene Rating scheme (NFHRS), enabling your business to achieve the maximum NFHRS rating.

Contact CaterSafe Consultants

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme – Contact CaterSafe Consultants today on 01233 822 201

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HACCP Training Courses and Certificates

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HACCP Training Courses

CaterSafe Consultants offer a full range of HACCP training courses for people who are in the catering or food manufacturing industries. Please see the full list below…

HACCP LEVEL 2 FOR CATERING

The gaining of this qualification will enable individuals to understand the importance of implementing a food safety management system, based on the Codex HACCP principles, in a catering environment. They will learn their role in ensuring the effective operation of the HACCP system and gain the knowledge to identify, control and monitor hazards at points critical to food safety within their business. They will also understand the importance of taking corrective action when critical limits are breached and become familiar with the documentation and records needed to support a HACCP system.

Duration of course: 1 day 

LEVEL 3 AWARD IN SUPERVISING HACCP FOR CATERING (QCF)

This qualification further expands on the fundamentals of the Level 2 Award in HACCP for Catering. It is suitable for supervisors, managers, chefs, trainers and HACCP team members employed within a catering environment.

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 requires that ‘those responsible for the development and maintenance of the HACCP system have received adequate training in the application of the HACCP principles’.

This qualification will provide candidates with the knowledge to develop, implement and maintain a food safety management system based on Codex HACCP principles, in a catering environment. They will understand the legal requirements pertaining to HACCP and the flexibility allowed, the importance of prerequisite programmes and the role of supervisors in monitoring, taking corrective action, completing and checking documentation and verifying and reviewing the HACCP system.

It is recommended that candidates have completed the Level 3 Award in Food Safety, before attending this course.

Duration of course: 3 days 

LEVEL 4 AWARD IN MANAGING HACCP FOR CATERING

The Level 4 HACCP qualification is aimed primarily at learners either at, or working towards, a management level in a catering business. Achievement of either of these qualifications will enable learners to understand the importance of implementing a food safety management system, based on the Codex HACCP principles, and give learners the skills to evaluate HACCP plans critically.

It is highly recommended that individuals have already completed a Level 4 Award in Food Safety, or the equivalent, and/or a Level 3 HACCP qualification before attending this course.

This qualification is very useful for auditors, enforcers, trainers and other food safety professionals.This qualification covers the skills needed to assist in the implementation of a HACCP system, to evaluate HACCP plans critically and to understand the importance of having an effective HACCP system in place.

Duration of course: 5 days 

LEVEL 2 AWARD FOR HACCP FOR MANUFACTURING

This qualification will allow individuals to understand the importance of implementing a food safety management system, based on the Codex HACCP principles, in a Food Manufacturing environment. They will learn their role in ensuring the effective operation of the HACCP system and gain the knowledge to identify, control and monitor hazards at points critical to food safety within their business. They will also understand the importance of taking corrective action when critical limits are breached and become familiar with the documentation and records needed to support a HACCP system.
Duration of course: 1 day 

LEVEL 3 AWARD FOR HACCP FOR FOOD MANUFACTURING

This regulated qualification expands on the fundamentals of the Level 2 Award in HACCP in Manufacturing.

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 requires that ‘those responsible for the development and maintenance of the HACCP principles have received adequate training in the application of the HACCP principles’. In order for employees to deal competently and confidently with this requirement, a thorough understanding of Codex HACCP principles is needed.

Those achieving this qualification will understand how the 12 Codex steps to HACCP contribute to safe food production. They will learn:

how to identify, control and monitor significant hazards at points which are critical to food safety; the appropriate corrective action to take when critical limits are breached; the type of documentation and records required; an understanding of the need to review the HACCP system at appropriate times.

This qualification is fully compliant with industry and regulatory standards, as well as being recognised by environmental health practitioners, auditors and other enforcement officers. Individuals achieving this qualification will understand the importance of adapting HACCP principles for product-based and process-led situations.
Duration of course: 5 days 

LEVEL 4 AWARD IN HACCP FOR FOOD MANUFACTURING

Level 4 HACCP qualifications are aimed at learners either at, or working towards, a management level in a manufacturing business. Achievement of either of these qualifications will enable learners to understand the importance of implementing a food safety management system, based on the Codex HACCP principles, and give learners the skills to evaluate HACCP plans critically.
It is highly recommended that individuals have already completed a Level 4 Award in Food Safety, or the equivalent, and/or a Level 3 HACCP qualification before attending this course.

These qualifications are useful for auditors, enforcement officers and other food safety professionals.
Duration of course: 5 days 

NB: All of the above accredited training courses are accredited by either HABC or the CIEH.

For more details, please contact a member of our training team.

 Office: 01233 822 201

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Food Safety Consultancy Kent

Food Safety Consultancy Kent

When it comes to food safety, CaterSafe Consultants like to think that we know our onions. As well as how to prepare them safely too. As a food safety consultancy Kent, we work with a range of different food businesses. From food manufacturing to food service, we help business in Kent to remain compliant with food hygiene regulations. We also help to ensure food safety runs smoothly in the organisation for maximum efficiency and ease.

How food safety consultancy Kent can help your business

Operating as a food safety consultancy Kent, CaterSafe Consultants can help your business in a range of different functions including;

Business planning – we can help to create a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan that we customise to your needs. With this, we can provide you with the technical knowledge tailored to suit your business requirements.

Implementation – As well as planning your food safety management system, we can also help you to implement it. This can include aspects such as training staff and creating necessary paperwork, manuals and guides. Ultimately, we can help to ensure your team has a clear understanding of HACCP and the requirements for food safety.

Qualification – Our training courses are accredited, so you can be sure that have suitable qualifications for food safety in your business. CaterSafe Consultants follow the latest industry advice, and we will always teach best practice approach to food safety.

Follow up – Food safety requires continual improvement. CaterSafe Consultants can conduct follow-up reviews and further training for the team. We will also be happy to give supportive feedback to help your business lead the way in food safety practices.

Book a free consultation with our food safety consultancy Kent

If you want your business to succeed and ensure that you are always compliant with food hygiene regulations, speak to CaterSafe Consultants. We can provide you with the expertise you need and offer our support wherever is necessary. Book your free consultation today by calling 01233 822 201

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Food Safety Consultant

Food Safety Hygiene Certificates

Looking for a Food Safety Consultant?

CaterSafe is based in Ashford, Kent and was conceived by Samuel Turner, who began his career as an apprentice chef. After working for many years in the catering and hospitality industry, he went on to become a catering college lecturer, Food Safety trainer and HACCP food safety certification specialist. Sam now heads up CaterSafe as Principal Consultant.

CaterSafe Consultants are a well respected Food Safety consultancy and leading provider of Food Safety, HACCP and other compliance based training. CaterSafe work predominately in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and the London area but are willing to travel further afield, and have clients throughout the UK and parts of Europe.

Food Safety training and HACCP systems.

CaterSafe specialise in delivering Food Safety training and HACCP systems for a variety of businesses in a variety of sectors which include: hotels, hospitals, restaurants, supermarkets, schools, butchers, abattoirs, food distributers and a variety of food manufacturers.

In our experience, many, if not most, food safety consultants have a solely scientific, rather than a food management background. Consequently they cannot genuinely empathise with the day-to-day pressures associated with running a demanding business, whilst practically implementing food safety legislation.

CaterSafe is different, having been built on the firm foundation of experience within the food industry and sound science. Each of our fully qualified consultants has many years of experience managing busy food operations, whilst maintaining high standards of food safety control, so we understand the obstacles you face! At CaterSafe we work in partnership with you, taking the time to understand the unique features of your business, in order to develop a food safety management system that can be practically and consistently implemented on a day to day basis.

Contact Catersafe Consultants

Based in Ashford, Kent, we can provide training courses to business in Kent and across the UK. We offer courses in your business as well as handy e-learning online training, for your staff to take at their leisure. Get in touch to discuss your training requirements with our team and find the perfect course by calling 01233 822 201.