Food hygiene guide for retailers

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced the publication of a guide to help retailers comply with food hygiene legislation.

Produced by the retail trade and other working groups, the guide sets out recommendations that will help retailers meet their legal obligations. It covers the activities carried out by grocers, butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, delicatessens and supermarkets.

The guide will assist with applying a food safety management system, based on the principles of HACCP, and aims to provide easy-to-understand and practicable advice on the best ways of complying with the requirements in both Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 and national legislation. It is officially recognised by the FSA.

An FSA spokesperson said: “The use of this guide is optional and food business operators can choose to comply in other ways,” said an FSA spokesperson. However, the Agency hopes it will prove useful to assist food retailers in meeting legal food hygiene obligations, as well as ensuring that high standards are achieved in food safety.”

The Food Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Retail is available to order from The Stationery Office (TSO) here