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Blog posts tagged in Food Safety Training

 Whangarei Food Safety and hygiene training

Whangarei food safety & hygiene certificate course will be held on Friday, 1 March 2019.

The course is run by Food Safe Limited Food, an NZQA category 1 training provider.

Food Safe has the most highly rated reviews by both score and numbers in New Zealand on Google Business (4.9 stars/5 from 109 reviews) and on Facebook (4.8 stars/5 from 128 reveiews)

Book your next basic food safety course HERE.

For our Mandarin readers:

Food Safe非常自豪地培养了冰岛船员在基本食品安全方面的专业知识,因为它涉及巧克力和乳制品生产。

Food Safe提供新西兰各地的基本食品安全课程,并且在新西兰的Google Business(4.9星级/ 5条,来自104条评论,同比评价)和Facebook(4.8星级)上获得了评分和评分最高的评价。 / 5来自102份评论,同比评审)


For our Hindi readers:

खाद्य सुरक्षा को विशेष रूप से चॉकलेट और डेयरी विनिर्माण से संबंधित बुनियादी खाद्य सुरक्षा में आइसलैंडिक चालक दल को प्रशिक्षित करने पर गर्व है।

फूड सेफ न्यूजीलैंड में बुनियादी खाद्य सुरक्षा पाठ्यक्रम प्रदान करता है और Google बिजनेस पर न्यूजीलैंड में स्कोर और नंबर दोनों (104 समीक्षाओं से 4.9 सितारे / 5, वर्ष-दर-वर्ष समीक्षाओं) और फेसबुक पर 4.8 सितारों द्वारा उच्चतम रेटेड समीक्षा प्रदान करता है / 5 102 सम्मान से, वर्ष-दर-वर्ष समीक्षा)

अपनी कंपनी के अगले बुनियादी खाद्य सुरक्षा पाठ्यक्रम यहां बुक करें।

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2018 Food Safe food safety training clients


Food Safe has had a very busy, enjoyable and successful year working with training-conscious organisations and helping them succeed in achieving their goals.

We want to thank all those who have partnered, collaborated and trained with us and wish them all the very best for 2019.

The Food Safe team has trained across many areas of food safety – from basic food safety and HACCP through to advanced dairy manufacturing and Halal.

We are happy to hear from anyone who shares our passion for training and continuous improvement. We'd love to assist.

Call us on 0800 003 097 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Food Safety Training


The passionate Venue Waiheke team from the entrepreneurs who started Charlie Farley's. Food Safe trained the team prior to launch of their exciting new restaurant opening end 2018.

Food Safe offers food safety and hygiene certificate training across New Zealand. Book your next food safety training course by CLICKING HERE NOW.


Here is a video about this training:



This Food Safe Training includes:

  • Effective personal hygiene when working with food validation of hand washing technique at training ( UV light verification test).
  • Understanding the science of allergic reactions and food intolerance.
  • Primary allergen groups and practice identification exercises.
  • Effective allergen management tools in a food business.
  • Key temperatures and recording temperature of high risk food.
  • Knowledge of hazards that cause foodborne illness and food spoilage in a food business.
  • Knowledge of methods used to control hazards that cause foodborne illness and food spoilage in a food business.
  • Identifying common examples of food safety risks.
  • Pest control
  • Criteria for council inspections / food grades during an audit
  • Overview of legislation including the Food Standards Code 2002 and Food Act 2014 and how the law applies to food businesses
  • Key elements of a Food Control Plan (FCP)
  • Practice filling out key food safety records - Food Control Plan Diary

Food Safe offers food safety and hygiene certificate training across New Zealand.


Food Safe has New Zealand’s highest and consistent trainee review ratings by both score and numbers.



Google Business (4.9 stars/5 from 104, year-on-year reviews) and

Facebook (4.8 stars/5 from 102, year-on-year reviews) 


Don't miss out! Book your next food safety training course CLICK HERE.


For Mandarin readers:


从新西兰西海岸到怀赫科岛的食品安全培训。 热情的Venue Waiheke团队来自创办Charlie Farley的企业家。 Food Safe在2018年开业令人兴奋的新餐厅开业之前对团队进行了培训。


For Hindi readers:


न्यूजीलैंड के वेस्ट कोस्ट से वाइकेके द्वीप तक खाद्य सुरक्षा प्रशिक्षण। चार्ली फर्ले की शुरुआत करने वाले उद्यमियों से भावुक स्थान वाइके टीम। खाद्य सुरक्षा ने 2018 में अपने रोमांचक नए रेस्तरां खोलने के शुरू होने से पहले टीम को प्रशिक्षित किया। 


Food Safe offers food safety and hygiene certificate training across New Zealand.

Don't miss out! Book your next food safety training course CLICK HERE.

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How and Why Training Minimises Contingency Liability Costs

What is Food Safety Culture?

In simple terms culture is about How, Why and When operators practice Food Safety 


Why focus on Food Safety Culture?

Several global food safety investigations and reports, that have followed food safety break-downs, such as the Listeria outbreak in USA that killed close to 33 people in 2011 to the E-coli 0104-04 outbreak that killed over 20 people in Germany and the New Zealand's 'Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident Report' have recommended that food companies consider tracking and improving Food Safety Culture in addition to other risk control measures. 

Many of these deaths, food safety scares, food re-calls, losses were preventable if Food Safety Culture was a meaningful focus of food companies and senior managers. 


So what is the challenge when it comes to objective measurement of culture?

The challenge for management and food companies in addition to knowledge is, finding an easy-to-use tool to effectively measure Food Safety Culture, so this can be tracked and acted upon.


So what influences Food Safety Culture and how can a company measure it? 

Here is a presentation about Food Safe's innovative analysis tool that helps explain what culture means and how a company can and should measure Food Safety Culture.






What makes Food Safe's tool unique? 





  1. The tool is mobile friendly, a relatively quick quiz to take. It can be completed before or after a class or remotely on computer by email link.
  2. The quality of the operator feedforward is superior because of the rapport the Food Safe trainer builds with operators in the classroom.
  3. It has been well tested and has received good feedback from senior management about the meaningful insight it provides.




How and why this report boosts management of the team? 





  1. The final report is jargon free, pinpoints gaps with clarity and presented as visual dials, bar and spider graphs.
  2. The tool allows for benchmarking between departments / sites (nationally and globally), multiple times for regular reporting.
  3. The reports are solutions focused with quantifiable NZQA unit standards competency suggestions that Food Safe and the ITO can assist train.




  What is contingency liability and how does training minimise this cost while also targeting culture?     







Eager to know more?

Give us a ring on 0800 003 097 or email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we’ll show you how you too can benefit from our world leading tool that can measure Food Safety Culture.


Want to know more? Here are two videos about our How we collaborate with companies and our highly rated HACCP Training that targets risk management. 



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Listeria - Food Safety Training


What is Listeria?

Listeria is a foodborne bacteria which can make you sick. Infection with listeria bacteria is called listeriosis. In healthy adults and children listeria usually causes few or no symptoms, but some vulnerable people with a low immunity are more at risk of severe illness.


What kinds of food pose the most risk?

Food that poses the most risk are:

Uncooked, smoked or ready-to-eat fish or seafood, including oysters, prawns, smoked ready-to-eat fish, sashimi or sushi paté, hummus-based dips and spreads cold pre-cooked chicken ham and all other chilled pre-cooked meat products including chicken, salami and other fermented or dried sausages* pre-prepared or stored salads (including fruit salads) and coleslaws raw (unpasteurised) milk and any food that contains unpasteurised milk* soft-serve ice creams soft, semi-soft or surface-ripened soft cheese (eg, brie, camembert, feta, ricotta, roquefort)*

*Note that the foods on this list are safe to eat if heated thoroughly to steaming hot (ie, above 72°C) where appropriate

Source: Ministry of Health 


What are the scientific facts about Listeria?


 MPI Guidelines For Ready-To-Eat (RTE) Food Manufacture 


 Codex Alimentarius Guidelines For Food Manufacture


Hepatitis A and managing the risk to Food Safety  



What causes Hepatitis A?

The Hepatitis A virus (HAV) causes hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A is a severe food and waterborne disease that is primarily transmitted by the faecal-oral route. In simple terms a food handler with bad personal hygiene, cross-contaminates the food.


What kinds of food pose the most risk?

Food that poses the most risk are:

Contaminated bivalve shellfish, salads, fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen fruit, water and any manually prepared or ready-to-eat food products where a food handler with bad personal hygiene cross contaminated the food. HAV has been known to survive in crème-filled cookies for >1 day at 21ºC.

Poor hygiene practices and poor sanitation are major risk factors. Presymptomatic foodhandlers excreting HAV pose a risk.

In general, food is rarely available for analysis because of the long incubation period. 


What are the scientific facts about Hepatitis A?


 Codex Alimentarius Guidelines For Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) in Food Manufacture 


All Food Safe's Basic and Advanced Food Safety Training programmes include training on pathogens including bacteria such as Listeria and viruses, how to control, monitor the safety of food and record this. Our trainees understand why this is important and get practice in class actually filling out helpful verification records towards these goals.

所有的食品安全的基础食品安全 培训项目包括在新的食品控制计划和日记,如何监督食品安全,并记录了此次培训。作为一名实习生,你就会明白,为什么这些都是重要的并得到实践类实际上填补了这些记录

Eager to minimise the risk with best practice food safety training?

Give us a ring on 0800 003 097 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will show you how you too can benefit from our highly rated training programmes.


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