The South West is set to benefit from a greater range of food safety qualifications thanks to a training provider gaining accreditation status.
Staff at CCB (Cornwall College Business) are celebrating their recent Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) Approved Centre accreditation.
It means CCB can now offer a wider range of food safety qualifications to businesses and individuals across the region.
Head of Catering & Hospitality at CCB, Grant Mather, said: “The Highfield qualifications are ideal for businesses and employees to better understand food hazards and associated risks and techniques for controlling and monitoring food safety. As well as raise awareness of food poisoning and food borne disease and to learn how to identify and manage risks effectively”.
Highfield is a global leader in compliance and work-based learning qualifications and end-point assessment, and winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Through training centres like CCB, they offer qualifications such as Food Safety in Catering Award Level 2, Supervising Food Safety in Catering Level 3 and Managing Food Safety in Catering Level 4.
Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness. Your business will benefit from having trained staff to ensure no matter what stage of food production, storage or delivery your business facilitates, you can remain confident that all safety methods and precautions are adhered to.
All food related businesses have a statutory obligation to treat food intended for human consumption in a controlled and managed way following The Food Safety Act 1990. If you run a business that makes or prepares food, it will be inspected by the Food Standard Agency to make sure you are following food law.
May 2017 the Food Standards Agency published a research paper that highlighted that there are more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning a year from known pathogens. This figure would more than double if it included food poisoning cases from unknown pathogens. Poultry meat was the food linked to the most cases of food poisoning, with an estimated 244,000 cases every year.