What is the main aim of the food safety act?

Simply put, the main aim of the Food Safety Act is to prevent the consumption of harmful foods. Working in the hospitality and food industry comes with many rules and regulations. Ensuring the safety of food and customers' health is an important aspect, and something that some businesses do not take as seriously as they should.

Legislation such as the Food Safety Act, Natasha's law and others is protection for a consumer. Businesses should take this legislation seriously and ensure they are working to meet the requirements.

What is the Food Safety Act?

The Food Safety Act is an important part of legislation and is something that all businesses that serve and prepare food must follow. As mentioned before, the main goal of the Food Safety Act is to ensure that food is safe for consumers. Whether that is from companies who prepare it, label, deliver, or serve. From cafes, to restaurants and food production companies, the Food Safety Act is for all.

What does the Food Safety Act do?

The Food Safety Act provides a set list of rules and regulations for businesses that deal and many with food. Each business must follow these rules and regulations otherwise they will face penalties, such as fines or even closure.

The regulations include;

  • Nothing should be added, or removed from food that could cause damage to the health of the one consuming it.

  • Food is not treated or processed which would cause damage to the health of someone consuming it. 

  • Proper food management systems are in place, such as labelling, record keeping, and training. 

  • Food hygiene practices must be carried out to a high standard.

 Among other regulations surrounding the health and hygiene required to ensure food is safe for human consumption.

When was the Food Safety Act introduced?

The Food Safety Act 1990 was introduced in parliament in 1990 to replace the original Food Act 1984, and Food and Drugs (Scotland) Act 1956.

As our understanding of human health and hygiene increases the need to ensure safe manufacturing, production, transportation, and handling of food is continuously improved.

What is your responsibility?

As a business it is important to understand your responsibilities regarding the Food Safety Act. While you may not have control over every aspect of the food process, particularly if you purchase food and ingredients from wholesalers. You should still understand your position in the process and ensure the highest standards of health and safety around your business and service. 

For businesses who deal directly with food you must:

  • Ensure food is safe to eat 

  • Do not add, remove, or treat food in a way that makes it harmful to consume

  • Ensure quality is as you have stated

  • Do not mislead consumers by the way of labelling, advertising, or marketing your products

  • Keep accurate records of where you purchase food and ingredients

  • Display your Food Hygiene Rating for all to see clearly

Read more on the Government Website for more detailed information.

Managing a successful business in the hospitality and food industry requires management. Using a completely digital only system such as Allergen Checker to assist you with managing your menus helps you safeguard your customers. Speak to us now to see how we can help you manage your menus.

Sources of information: https://www.gov.uk/food-safety-your-responsibilities
https://www.food.gov.uk/about-us/key-regulations https://www.stpaulschambers.com/food-safety-act-explained/