The British retail consortium published Issue 6 of the Global standard for food safety in July 2011. From January 2012 additions have been introduced to conduct audits against the new standard which have been written to increase the focus on good manufacturing practice and food safety. Introduction to the standards have been made in issue 6, particularly the continuing problem of allergens which have resulted in a number of product recalls both in north America and Europe.
In Issue 6, allergen control has been highlighted and the need for tight allergen procedures has become mandatory.
“All relevant personnel, including engineers, temporary staff and contractors, shall have received general allergen awareness training and be trained in the company’s allergen handling procedures.” BRC Issue 6.
BCR Therefore make allergen training compulsory which is quite understandable, as reactions to allergens can cause life- threatening medical situations for those affected. Allergen awareness is most important, whether or not a company is involved with BRC standards, and to have undergone this simple yet comprehensive course with City and Guilds Accreditation could have important implications for the diligence.
The course is relevant to all staff at whatever level and covers the following:
About one Hour (but at the speed of the learner).
When the user is ready to take the first test they can proceed to the 20 multi choice questions, 15 must be answered correctly to achieve City and Guilds Accredited certification. The questions are marked electronically and the results given instantly.
The City and Guilds Accredited certificate can be printed directly from the user’s PC. Successful candidates will have their results stored in the City and guilds databases, the “Walled Garden”.
The cost of the Allergen Awareness in the food industry course is £17.50 plus VAT – Multiple discounts available when buying more than 50 courses.
Level 3 in Supervising Food Safety