Here at Area Pest Control, we would like every food outlet to achieve a 5-star hygiene rating, that’s why we have created a series dedicated to supporting every restaurant, takeaway, public house, and all businesses that require a food hygiene rating.
Here are 5 top tips from a Food Hygiene Auditor
- Top Tip One: Highlighted Environmental Issues
Make sure you fix previous issues highlighted by the environmental health officer.
These will be on the report issued to you by the officer on their last visit and will be high on their list to check on the following visit
- Top Tip Two: Staff Training
Staff training is key when storing, preparing, cooking, reheating and serving food.
There is a section within the Safer Food Better Business For Caterers folder on staff training,
The officer will go through your folder during a site visit to check staff are properly trained for their role.
- Top Tip Three: Effective Pest Control
Pest Control features across many of the sections in the Safer Food Better Business For Caterers folder. A reputable pest control company will protect your reputation, provide you with professional advice and recommendations on preventive measures, where pests can cause cross-contamination and support you with compliance.
- Top Tip Four: Cleaning
Cleaning should be high on your list for food hygiene safety, prioritise a cleaning schedule with staff allocated to specific tasks. Maintain a high standard of cleanliness at all times. Manage food and recycling waste, this will reduce feeding and sheltering areas for rodents, both rats and mice.
- Top Tip Five: Food Handling Practices
This is the number one cause of cross-contamination, key points here are:
Storage of raw food – Chopping Boards – Worksurfaces – Preparation Areas.
Pests play a large part when it comes to cross-contamination, insects pose the biggest risks as they can often come and go unnoticed, Cockroaches and Flies being the main pests.