The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Food Safety – FAQs Answered For You

Food Safety FAQs

What is a basic food hygiene certificate?

A Basic Food Hygiene Certificate is gained when a trainee successfully completes a Level 2 basic food hygiene course. This is known by many different names including Food Handling Certificate, Food Hygiene Certificate, Food Handlers Certificate, Food Certificate NZ, Food Hygiene Certificate NZ, and Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate. The Basic Food Hygiene Certificate food safety course is for people in commercial food premises as well as those who are cooking food at home for sale.

How do I get a food hygiene certificate?

You can get a Basic Food Hygiene Certificate by enrolling in Food Safe‘s online course or on-site course. Our courses are tailored to different sectors like home food businesses, cafes, restaurants ECE, rest homes, age care facilities, and food manufacturing companies. Our Level 2 Basic Food Hygiene Certificate is an NZQA-Approved Training Scheme and fits the general Codex requirements for food handlers globally. It is approved by all Councils and Verifiers.

How long is a basic food hygiene certificate valid for?

It is recommended that you refresh your training every three years. Some food manufacturing companies require their staff to do this every year as part of their training. You can book your food safety training here.

Can I make and sell food from home?

Yes, as long as your kitchen meets the necessary food safety and hygiene requirements which can be learned as part of our basic food safety certificate course. You can use your home as a base for making and selling food as long as you register your home with your local Council and let them know you intend to use your home as business premises.

Can I get a food safety certificate online?

Yes, you can get a food safety certificate online by booking and completing our food safety course here.


What HACCP stands for

HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. HACCP is a logical, structured, and systematic approach to managing risk and controlling food safety.

What HACCP means

HACCP or Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) is an internationally recognised method of identifying and managing food safety-related risk. HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement, and handling, to manufacturing, distribution, and consumption of the finished product.

What are HACCP principles

The 7 principles of HACCP (as per Codex International Code of Practice):

  • Conduct a hazard analysis
  • Determine the critical control points (CCPs)
  • Establish critical limits for each CCP
  • Establish a system to monitor the control of the CCP
  • Establish the corrective action when monitoring indicates that a particular CCP is not under control
  • Establish verification procedures
  • Establish documentation concerning all procedures and records relevant to the HACCP principles and their application

How many HACCP principles are there

There are 7 principles of HACCP (as per the Codex International Code of Practice)

Who uses HACCP

HACCP can be used by companies across all the stages of the food chain – from primary production to final consumption. HACCP is a critical part of risk-based food safety programmes like Risk Management Programmes (RMPs)

What are HACCP prerequisites

HACCP Prerequisites are the Good Manufacturing Procedures, Practices, and Operations which ensure that the food is safe to eat.

  • Training
  • Production
  • Cleaning
  • Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM)
  • Personal hygiene policies
  • Calibration and verification
  • Traceability
  • Recall procedures
  • Complaint monitoring
  • Approved supplier lists and approval processes

New Zealand Qualifications FAQs

What is New Zealand Certificate Qualification?

New Zealand Certificate Qualification is designed for people working across any industry in New Zealand after graduating from school (NCEA).

How do I get a New Zealand Certificate Qualification?

You have to be working in a New Zealand company and be signed into a training plan and agreement via Food Safe. We offer this service to companies for groups of 4 or more. Email info@foodsafe.net.nz or call us on 0800 003 097.

Read our 5 Facebook & Google trainee reviews

Very helpful even if you have been in the industry awhile, it is good to have the regulations refreshed. Instructor spoke in a clear easy to understand manner and offered many helpful hints to those in the class. Happy to recommend.
Elizabeth Camille
Elizabeth Camille
01:14 23 Apr 21
Great experience today with Keith. He made everything really easy to follow and engaging. It also made the experience very personalised for each individual taking part and allowed lots of time for questions and feedback. Thank you for a great morning Keith and the Food Safe team
Steph Burbidge
Steph Burbidge
01:16 17 Apr 21
Had a wonderful experience with my 1-day online course at Food Safe NZ. This course exceeded my expectations. Would recommend to anyone who is considering in working in the food industry in any area! Found this course super helpful and well planned. Keith was a pleasure to train with. Great course! 🙂
Lou Anne Roman
Lou Anne Roman
00:17 26 Mar 21
This was my second time taking the certification on food safety (the first was several years ago) and still appreciate the way the topics were delivered. Keith has a great depth of knowledge and experience on the subject which makes it all come out naturally. He is also open to questions and freely gives great tips on the processes. Thank you.
Maria Medel
Maria Medel
00:12 15 Mar 21
I expected basic training but Keith Michael provided more than that. He clearly articulated the course content and was able to answer all questions in a way that gave me confidence in his knowledge base and added value that I hadn't anticipated getting from this course.Expectations Exceeded!!Many thanks
Scott Pryor
Scott Pryor
01:13 12 Mar 21
Excellent service from Keith, would highly recommend taking this class for Food Safety training. Very helpful resources given, clear communication and understandable. Made sure that we were all on the same page, at the same time. This has definitely helped me with my new position at a learning center, preparing me to succeed in what i will be doing. Opened up my mind to general life and food safety for my own home and family which i will now take into more serious.Thanks again Keith,Much appreciated
Kasian Liuvaie
Kasian Liuvaie
23:44 21 Jan 21
This online curse is a must for any body /small or large business working with food and serving to others for profit or non profit. I became so aware of a lot of things I wasn't previously aware of and it helped me so much in my food handling practice. The presenter was very friendly and welcoming and certainly knew his stuff! Also made the content easy to learn. Thanks Keith.
Barbara Tutty
Barbara Tutty
23:39 21 Jan 21
The training was great! Keith has so much knowledge and experience in the food industry so he was able to give us lots of information and personal experiences. He linked all the training to our own food goals and made it relevant. Thanks so much!
Renee Pennington
Renee Pennington
23:32 21 Jan 21
Keith was our instructor today. We all felt very comfortable. Even though Keith had 7 of us on board, he still managed to involve each and everyone and individually explained what we'll need and what to look out for.Highly highly recommended!
Queen Peary
Queen Peary
04:44 11 Jan 21
Keith and his services are highly recommended. Today our class was very enjoyable. He explains information very clearly and his class today, I found was very useful for my up and coming business. My team and I give thanks to Keith for helping us. In the end we received our food safety certificate. 5/5 highly recommended to those that are seeking a food safety certificate. Thanks Keith
Daniel Davis
Daniel Davis
01:12 19 Dec 20
Incredibly informative, thoughtful, and well-executed course. The instructor Keith was fantastic with connecting with each attendee and shared a lot of practical tips and ideas pertained to each of the prospective/existing business. It was packed with information and useful resources, but ran at a good pace so it didn't feel overwhelming. Highly recommended!
Mana Toyoda
Mana Toyoda
01:05 11 Dec 20
Great experience being trained by Keith! He was professional, has great communication skills and has a wealth of knowledge on food safety. A brilliant educator! Many thanks.
Erin Wilks
Erin Wilks
23:47 03 Dec 20
Very professional. I’m very satisfied with this service. The trainer was brilliant and not only offered great advise but also tailored parts of the training for my business directly. Overall I highly recommend Keith at Food Safe. Very very good service! A+++++++++
Jollymilkman Jolly
Jollymilkman Jolly
09:09 22 Nov 20
I highly recommend Food Safe. I had training with Keith today and he made me feel like i did online training before, even though i never did. It was a great experience and very helpful.Thanks again Keith.
Mariska Du Plessis
Mariska Du Plessis
01:06 16 Nov 20
I highly recommend this training. Keith was very professional and knowledgable. He gave examples specific to my business and I have come out of the training feeling a lot more confident. Thank you so much Keith and Food Safe Ltd.
Arihia Nordstrom
Arihia Nordstrom
23:31 06 Nov 20
Deanna and I thought the presentation was outstanding. We both not only enjoyed the course but learnt a lot. We now have loads of confidence that our kitchen will be top notch
Rose Duffy
Rose Duffy
23:20 18 Oct 20
They offer more dates/classes than other organizations I could find on the internet. One thing I liked the most about the class was that our lecturer always gave us examples/case studies related to students' real job/industry. It was very easy to understand, nice and thorough.
00:22 09 Oct 20