National Craft Butchers launches new food safety management system

National Craft Butchers launches new food safety management system

National Craft Butchers (NCB) has launched its new food safety management system. Claimed to be the only comprehensive legally backed advice designed specifically for butchers, it’s designed to provide clarity on all aspects of food safety within their businesses.

Richard Stevenson, technical manager at National Craft Butchers.

Available from NCB, this is intended as a one-stop reference guide for butchers and their teams.

It was developed with NCB’s primary authority partners Horsham District Council, and member advice service Safer Food Scores. The manual has been designed in a similar style to the Food Standards Agency SFBB (Safer Food Better Business) pack (which is not recommended for retail butchers).

It consists of a number of safe methods to ensure food is safe. Covering the 10Cs: company; colleagues; customers; cleaning; controlling stock; contamination; chilling; cooking; contingencies; and compliance. It provides the guidance to ensure that both compliance and best practice standards can be achieved in all areas of retail butchery.

Richard Stevenson, NCB technical manager, said: “This is essential for butchers throughout England, providing all the information you need to ensure that your business is legally complaint. It offers protection on areas of your trade that EHOs may be less experienced in and will help you train your team. Since NCB formed one of the country’s first coordinated partnerships we have been at the forefront of improving relationships between butchers and their EHOs whilst ensuring our members continue to meet high standards throughout legislative changes.” 

John Mettrick MB. Inst.M, NCB legislation director, said: “NCB’s assured advice fits perfectly into our existing food management system and provides clarity on new legislation. We’re confident the new food safety management system will be a great addition. Primary Authority really is an essential benefit for craft butchers.”

National Craft Butchers has also announced that it is expanding its food hygiene assured advice with Health and Safety and Trading Standards assured advice. That is currently being developed and will be launched in early summer. NCB has also formed a co-ordinated partnership for Trading Standards with East Sussex Council and work will soon start on assured advice that will cover all areas of labelling plus weights and measures.

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