The Food Standards Agency provides help for officers to develop their knowledge through training tools, professional courses and funding for local authority led work
Food law, and its enforcement, changes over time. It is essential that enforcement officers keep up to date with these changes.
We have continuing programme of training for local authority feed and food law officers at a cost that is affordable to local authorities. These courses have been devised for feed and food law enforcement officers currently employed by local authorities only. They are not available for the general public or students. We have now made these courses available to consultants who work for local authorities.
FSA funded training is available to local authority environmental health and trading standards officers. The courses are part of the continuing programme of quality update training for enforcers at a cost that is affordable to local authorities.
A programme of free imported food online training courses is provided to ensure that port health and local authority officers are kept up to date with current legislation and practical guidance on the implementation of imported food official controls.
The FSA has developed a food labelling e-learning course with the Department of Health and Defra that provides a general understanding of current food labelling legislation, as well as information about the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) legislation.
Online training about vacuum packing and modified atmosphere packing of food for local authority food law enforcement officers responsible for food hygiene. The training aims to give officers an enhanced understanding of the vacuum packing processes and the importance of microbiological safety in their use.
In November 2011 a common approach to professional competency framework for local authority regulators was launched. The Agency contributed to the development and design of the food module and local authority professional officers continue to shape how the framework evolves.
Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits of local authorities' feed and food law enforcement arrangements have identified core Service areas that are critical to maintaining effective service provision and improving food business compliance.
A guide for food safety officers to evaluate the success of enforcement projects and any innovative approach for implementing food law. The guide includes principles of good evaluation, a checklist, sampling approaches and key considerations for officers when planning to self-evaluate.
This exercise, originally presented to local authorities in a national consistency exercise, is based around a food business inspection scenario. It can be used as a team exercise or by individuals to work through and give the business a food hygiene rating. It may be especially useful for student and newly qualified officers, or those returning to food safety and hygiene enforcement.