We are continuing to develop our qualifications and assessments based on Government health and safety guidance. The latest Government advice on Covid- 9 for the food industry is:
Although it is very unlikely that Covid-19 is transmitted through food or food packaging, as a matter of good hygiene practice, anyone handling food must wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This should be done routinely, including:
- Before and after handling food
- When moving between different areas of the workplace, and especially after being in a public place
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Coughs and sneezes should be caught in a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
Although Covid-19 is not mentioned specifically in the qualification specification for the Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Hygiene, the following content, which is essential for helping to stop the spread of coronavirus, is included:
- Importance of effective hand-washing practices
- Occasions when hands should be washed
- Cleaning, disinfection and preventing cross-contamination are all covered in the specification at a sufficient depth and level to address any concerns about Covid-19 in food.
Similar hygiene, cleaning and disinfection procedures are covered in the specifications for the Level 1 Award in Food Hygiene Awareness, the Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing and our Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications.
If you have any questions about our Food Hygiene qualifications please get in touch with our qualifications team.