Who needs a Level 2 Food Hygiene course?
Level 2 food Hygiene training is for food handlers, cooks and people in food service. It makes sure they are trained with essential knowledge to work in food safety roles in Catering, Food Retail and Hospitality.
Providers also tailor for specific sectors of the food manufacturing and production.
See below the training required for varying food handling risks and responsibilities and the associated level required.
Is Level 2 Food Hygiene required in law?
The Food Safety Act 1990 (as amended) provides the framework for all food legislation in the England, Wales and Scotland. The main responsibilities for all food businesses under the Act are to ensure that:
- Businesses do not include anything in food, remove anything from food or treat food in any way which means it would be damaging to the health of people eating it.
- The food businesses serve or sell is of the nature, substance or quality which consumers would expect
- The food is labelled, advertised and presented in a way that is not false or misleading
The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 Chapter XII state that
“Food Business Operators are to ensure: that food handlers are supervised, instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters commensurate with their work activities.”
Who regulates Food Hygiene training?
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for food safety and food hygiene in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It works with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations.
The training and education of Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) and Food Safety Officers (FSOs) working in food law enforcement is the responsibility of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), the professional body which governs Environmental Health practice in Scotland.
The regulations require training in food risks. See our some example questions here.
Can I completed a Level 2 Food Hygiene in person?
Yes, in person courses are provided across the UK. These generally offer more support and insight than an online course.
Will Environmental Health Officers accept online food Hygiene courses?
Only if the course syllabus covers a broad range of all essential food hygiene skills and understanding and is supported by evidence of best practices. Suitable online courses will be accredited by a reputable body or Food Safety professional.
Professionals are typically Environmental Health Officers or Practitioner, MSc’s in Environmental Health with CMIOSH, RFoodSM and NEBOSH assessor and auditor accreditation.