The Chartered Institute Of Environmental Health

The Chartered Institute Of Environmental Health

October 19, 2005 05:04 ET

Quality training is the essential ingredient for a successful food business, says CIEH

LONDON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2005) - The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is launching a Keep Skills Fresh campaign to encourage food businesses to invest in staff refresher training every three years. The campaign coincides with the most radical shake up of food business legislation in over a decade, which will come into effect in January 2006. (1) Safety processes are now fundamental for food handling businesses and training is key to the implementation of safety.

Head of the Training Division at the CIEH, Marianne Phillips, said: "High quality regular training can have a positive impact on all food businesses. It boosts staff morale, improves customer service, increases profits and most importantly protects public health - all of which can give businesses a real edge in today's competitive environment."

As the world's leading body for awarding food safety qualifications and with CIEH registered training centres across the country, the CIEH is uniquely positioned to help food businesses keep 'up-to-speed' on food safety legislation and practice. (2)

Notes to editors:

(1) New food hygiene laws will apply in the UK from 1 January 2006. They will affect all food businesses, including caterers, primary producers (such as farmers), manufacturers, distributors and retailers. The legislation says food handlers must receive adequate instruction and/or training in food hygiene to enable them to handle food safely. Those responsible for the HACCP-based (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) procedures in the business must have enough relevant knowledge and understanding to ensure the procedures are operated effectively.

Catering businesses will need to have a food safety management system based on the principles of HACCP. They are already required to produce food that is safe to eat, but the new regulations say that catering businesses must be able to show what they do to make food safely - and have this written down. (extracted from the FSA's website

(2) CIEH courses are available throughout the country. For a CIEH registered training centre near you visit

Head of the Training Division at the CIEH, Marianne Phillips, concluded: "More than ever customers are concerned about food poisoning, and even a relatively minor incident can have a very detrimental effect on the reputation of a business. Businesses can face a myriad of costly sanctions, from fines to negative publicity and even closure."

- CIEH qualifications are accredited by the Qualification and
Curriculum Authority (QCA).
- The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health.
It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its
members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's
health can be improved.
- The CIEH represents over 10,000 members working in the public, private
and non-profit sectors with over 10,000 registered trainers and 6000
registered training centres.
- For more information about the CIEH visit

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