Food Hygiene Control Programme FAQs
Intertek is responsible for carrying out audits of food businesses to check that they meet the requirements according to an internal standard that assesses best practices for hygiene.
Marks can also be given to other places you eat away from home, such as schools, hospitals and residential care homes. As this is an optional scheme, it is the choice of the businesses themselves if they wish to invest in an independent and globally available hygiene scheme.
An Intertek Hygiene Auditor will conduct a risk assessment and hygiene control audit based on the best practices defined by Intertek that will monitor a number of areas, including:
Each element is essential for making sure that food hygiene standards meet requirements and that businesses are engaged in a continual hygiene improvement process.
To further assess the site, samples and swabs would be taken during the audit.
|1.||How hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored|
|2.||Employee understanding of good hygiene practices and the general food safety and hygiene culture at the premises|
|3.||The condition of the structure of the buildings - the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities|
|4.||In some cases, the auditor may collect swab samples, and/or have the findings validated by collecting samples and testing oil, ice and water from various zones, including service rooms, dishwashers and laundries, if applicable|
When you eat out or shop for food, you might see a sticker in the window or on the door showing you the Food Hygiene Control Mark for that business. Businesses are encouraged to display these stickers and certificates in a place where you can easily see them when you visit. If you don't see the Mark at a takeaway or other food business, you can ask a member of staff if they are part of the Intertek Food Hygiene Control scheme.
Good food hygiene is good for your business.
Send us your details by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and an Intertek Food Hygiene Control expert will contact you shortly.
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