What Is A Food Safety Management System?
We often get asked, “What is a food safety management system?” In this article, we explain exactly what it is and the options available.
A food safety management system ensures that food is produced safely. It is a legal requirement for any food business. It is a method of:
- thinking about what might go wrong with the food that is sold
- planning what measures should be taken to ensure that the food sold is safe.
A food safety management system is based on HACCP principles. However, the level of documentation needed will depend on the size of the business. For most small food businesses such as cafes, restaurants and takeaways, the Safe Food Better Business pack is adequate. Whilst larger businesses will need to develop their own more personalised system.
What are the HACCP principles?
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) produces safe food that focuses on prevention and planning. It is a standard in most countries and is recognised by the World Health Organisation. HACCP is organised in seven principles. These principles consider all aspects of food production, identify potential hazards, and establish how to control them.
What is the Safer Food Better Business pack?
Safe Food Better Business (SFBB) is a food safety management system. The Food Standards Agency developed it specifically for small food businesses. It is easy to use and is free to download. The amount of paperwork and record-keeping needed have been kept to a minimum. Small food businesses such as takeaways and restaurants café will comply with legal requirements by following this pack.
How should those responsible be trained?
UK legislation requires that those responsible for the development and implementation of the food safety management system should have received adequate training. The training required will depend on your business’s size.