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A Food Handling Certificate Sets the Standard for Everyone

Having a food handling certificate is important for all the stakeholders involved in food businesses – the customers, the owners, the staff and the supervisors. As well, the certificate guards the integrity of the industry itself.

Having a food handling certificate is important for all the stakeholders involved in food businesses – the customers, the owners, the staff and the supervisors. As well, the certificate guards the integrity of the industry itself.Nothing matters in life more than the food we eat. We take it seriously, and we love it.  Sometimes, the food might not be good for us; we accept that, but we don’t expect that it will make us sick. A little overindulgence in guilty pleasures is one thing, but food poisoning is quite another. Eating outside our homes means trusting that we are eating food prepared by qualified professionals who have our best interests in mind. This is why knowing that those who serve and prepare our food have a food handling certificate is important.

All staff working as food handlers in cafés, kitchens, restaurants and hotels, even in supermarkets and school cafeterias, should, as best practice, have the Level 1 Food Handling Certificate. This proves that the staff knows all the expected rules and procedures around hygiene and safety. Hand washing and body health management have necessary standards. We expect those serving the food to be clean and healthy, which includes neat, tidy clothing. Staff should also know how to handle and care for food in all temperatures and situations.

Knowing that the staff are informed and trained—with the food handling certificate as proof of their competencies—brings peace of mind to all people. Customers can feel good about choices they make, knowing that the restaurants are held to a high standard. Restaurant owners and managers know that the staff are trained and ready to uphold those standards. The restaurant and hospitality industry can rest easy knowing that all regulations and procedures are transparent and are maintained throughout all food businesses. It’s a source of pride for everyone. 

It is in the best interest of businesses that provide food to customers to make sure that all staff have a food handling certificate. A responsibility that food businesses have to their staff and customers is to ensure that all the conditions are in place to meet the requirements of that certificate. For instance, the businesses must provide adequate hand washing facilities and keep the employees informed of their rights and obligations. Businesses must also see that they are not put into situations that may lead to illness. Any infected or ill staff member may not be put in situations where they are able to contaminate food or other staff.

The Food Amendment Act of 2011 oversees these requirements. This act requires food businesses to display certificates of registration and have at least one trained food safety supervisor with a food handling certificate, as well as the additional food safety supervisor level 2 training.

We can eat outside the home with comfort knowing that even though we may overindulge sometimes, we won’t become ill with food poisoning from eating in restaurants. For the managers, owners and servers there is comfort in having the proper training. This training for the food handling certificate is easy to get. You can get one today and be working in three hours. Look at the courses available at http://www.cftqld.com.au/ to find the one that you need.