Food businesses prepare to reopen

FSA issues guidance on reopening for food businesses

Advice aims to help businesses change the way they operate during pandemic.
14 May 2020 , Katie Coyne

The Food Standards Agency expects more food businesses to reopen following the government’s announcement on easing lockdown and has responded by creating an advice section on its website.

The FSA guidance is split into three sections: restaurants and takeaways; food manufacturers; and farming and agriculture.

Advice for restaurants and takeaways covers adapting businesses for takeaway, food safety around delivery, and effective cleaning. In the section on food manufacturers, subject areas include bulk freezing of ambient and chilled foods, and adapting manufacturing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FSA’s COVID-19 incident director Colin Sullivan said: “Many food businesses have been adapting the way they operate in recent weeks and we expect that more will be looking to do so following the publication of the government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.

“We want to make sure that it’s as easy as possible for food businesses to access the guidance and information they need to keep their employees and customers safe when they reopen.

“This new section on our website provides advice for businesses across the food sector and will help to ensure consumers continue to have access to food that is safe and can be trusted.”


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