Everyone likes to make a little extra effort at Christmas. Last weekend, several shops were taking part in a local Christmas Fayre. I noticed a mobile repair shop laying out a little table with a soup kettle on, plugged into an extension cable which trailed across the entrance of the shop (which was open to the public). The shop owner then came out with a plastic tub of cooked rice and proceeded to fill the soup kettle.
A number of immediate concerns popped into my mind, although my family thought I was being a Grinch. I realised how at Christmas, it seems to be ok to bend (or disregard) the rules, because “it’s only the once” and you’re “being festive”.
However, there is a real risk that you could give your customers or guests a very unwanted Christmas present. Nothing feels less festive than food poisoning.
You may be hosting a special event, or simply expecting more people than usual to cater for. Whatever your Christmas period plans, here are some simple steps you can take to ensure your usually high standards are maintained during this busy period, based on the 3 P’s Framework that I use in my free eBook (Embracing an EHO Visit – a practical business toolkit) available to download here.
People & Policies
A good food safety culture plays a key role in your brand image and reflects a commitment from the management team. Although it can take extra effort to set up and build this culture, it makes life a lot easier in the long run.
Assess how well your business is performing by using the checklist in my free eBook, Embracing an EHO Visit – A practical toolkit for businesses, available to download here.
If you think you or your team could benefit from extra Food Safety advice or training please get in touch.
Rod Carver - Level 3 Food Safety Attendee
Academy Training Manager