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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 [email protected] or call us on 0800 003 097.

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★★★★★ I just finished my food safety online with Keith. It was very informative course . Thank you so much. I would recommend to my friend.Khemakorn SawangnedninKhemakorn Sawangnednin ★★★★★ It's my first time having an online training that conducted in English. We were a bit worried as Englisg is not our mother language and we all find that it's been and gone well. Keith Michael conduct this Food safety training very fun and we found that his English is understandable. We will recommend more friends to explore an online training with FoodSafe. Khob khun kha and Thank you once again.Maliwan VonganunMaliwan Vonganun ★★★★★ Very informative. Fun class. Well tailored to individual needs and situation.Lincoln MailLincoln Mail ★★★★★ Thanks to the coach, really helpful course, love it.Kevin HeKevin He ★★★★★ Went really well. Enjoyed itMaryrose MMaryrose M ★★★★★ Very interesting class.Fanhua ZengFanhua Zeng ★★★★★ Fantastic, learnt a lot and is very insightful. Would do again and highly recommendJuliette GibbonsJuliette Gibbons ★★★★★ Excellent experience with the online course. Keith is a very knowledgeable genuine instructor, I recommend this course to anyone interested in food safety. ThanksNiko NashNiko Nash ★★★★★ Great course. Covered everything I wanted to know. The online tutor was clear and easy to follow. I enjoyed it. Thankskelcy lewiskelcy lewis ★★★★★ Awesome job thanks best training eva clear and understanding with good jokesLewis AshbyLewis Ashby ★★★★★ Really love the course today and very satisfied with it.And can’t wait to let my other family and friends knows about it tooPomani BiudolePomani Biudole ★★★★★ What a pleasant experience doing this online course! The presenter was such a personable man who made it his priority to put people at ease. He checked in with individuals regularly and related the teaching to the personal situation of the individual where possible. Keith (presenter) went at a gentle pace through the material with slides, video and anecdotes as teaching tools. The assessment at the end had a good time allowance with clear questions in an easy to follow layout.Dixie McDonaldDixie McDonald ★★★★★ Great customised training thank you. I appreciated being able to ask questions specific to my circumstances.Tracy FreemanTracy Freeman ★★★★★ The content and presenter were great. Recommend to anyoneLee-Anne Turi-WelshLee-Anne Turi-Welsh ★★★★☆ Took online lesson for Basic Food Sarety and Hygiene Training. Learned a lot and the instructor was really making an effort to make this a fun experience, which I appreciate. My only issue with the entire experience is the duration is too long and not ADHD friendly. Feel like I missed out on a lot and my brain was just like:” Nah, can’t focus right now.”Would be nice if the course had more frequent break time and even break it into a two day course.Lamer LiLamer Li ★★★★★ Great courseRoseanna Marchant-BullenRoseanna Marchant-Bullen ★★★★★ Really enjoyed our food safe zoom meeting today with Keith today, Keith was informative and was easy to understand. Loved the magic tricks at the end 😆Thanks KeithBrenda ReidBrenda Reid ★★★★★ Very informative and covered more than the basics. Thank you for making the class fun and accessible.Bertus BritzBertus Britz ★★★★★ Great informative course. And tutor was great. I do recommend.. thanksHoopaHoopa ★★★★★ Thank you so much for the opportunity, enjoyed it and I have learned so much. Massive thank youAngelina MisaAngelina Misa ★★★★★ The trainer and course was very informative and I learnt a lot. Thank you.Jackie-Lee HaereitiJackie-Lee Haereiti ★★★★★ Great days training. Easy to follow slides and additional information for future reference. Will be printing the resources and using them as reminder info.Esjay EfEsjay Ef ★★★★★ Our tutor was awesome. You could certainly tell he’s been in this for a long time. Very professional & polite. Clear & concise. Content was easy to understand. For this is the reason I achieved my certificate. Bravo!Kathleen LindsayKathleen Lindsayjs_loader