Seafish, the public body that supports the £6b UK seafood industry, has launched its most up-to-date food hygiene open learning module online, giving anyone who works with seafood the opportunity to access food hygiene training remotely and free of charge.
The launch marks the first time that the complete 'Hygiene and Cleaning in the Seafood Industry' course has been made available in an online format.
The Seafish food hygiene module, which has been used to train more than 10,000 people, provides training for elementary food safety, covering food handling, cleaning, HACCP and the prevention of cross-contamination.
The module includes a new chapter covering food hygiene for fish friers, extending its scope to cover specific issues such as oil management and allergen awareness.
The new format is now supported by an online test portal, which can be used by individuals to test their understanding of the module's content. Proof of the test's successful completion can serve as an in-company record of food hygiene training, as well as providing all the information needed to sit the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) Elementary Food Hygiene exam, leading to a recognised and regulated qualification.
Lee Cooper, National Learning and Standards Manager, Seafish, said: "Seafish has long been committed to providing the industry with high-quality, fit-for-purpose educational resources. The new online format of our hygiene training module means that anyone, anywhere, can now access the essential information they need to operate safely as a food handler, and this online course can be all a business needs by way of a documented training programme.
"As well as studying the module on the internet, individuals can purchase the printed edition and a DVD, or take part in a one day taught course for a reasonable fee.
"We've already welcomed our first person to achieve a formal qualification using the online food hygiene material - Ken Williams, a fishmonger at Tesco in Helsby.
"I urge anyone working with seafood to take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that they, or their employees, are adopting best practice when it comes to food hygiene standards."
Hygiene and Cleaning in the Seafood Industrycan be accessed online, free of charge, through the Seafish Seafood Training Academy website: http://seafoodacademy.org/. Alternatively, printed copies can be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 01472 252 300.
Elementary Food Hygiene is accredited at SCQF level 5 qualification in Scotland, and at Level 2 in the rest of the UK.