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  • Can anyone help with the hygiene regulations?

    I'm considering making & selling chocolate truffles. I've made loads in the past, for friends and family many of whom have suggested that I should sell them. I would make them at home and I would really like some advice on what changes I'd have to make to my kitchen to comply with the food hygiene regulations. Is there a guide, or, publication that I could acquire that details all the necessary food safety/hygiene and food labelling legislation? (preferable an idiots guide in plain English!)
    Any advice would be much appreciated!!
    Jayne


    "One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star."

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    No idea myself but there may be something on here that can help you ...

    http://www.food.gov.uk/foodindustry/regulation/
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    • #3
      Isn't there a member here who makes chocolates? I don't think she has been around for a while though. I think she sells on Tuggle so you might be able to find her that way and see if she can help you. No idea about the actual regulations though sorry.
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      • #4
        Thanks for that, I'll have a look on Tuggle.
        Jayne


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        • #5
          Just try to keep your place clean as possible. When work is done, remember to always clean it up after.
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          • #6
            The government food standards agency will tell you all that you need to know. It is rather more than just keeping the place clean and tidy.

            Pets are the biggest bug as their hair gets everywhere even if you are clean. I have a long haired cat and it has stopped me even thinking of making food to sell as I would be petrified of hair in the food. On that note keep your hair in a net while doing the prep as hair has a mind of its own.

            Storage is another concern, especially if you put cream in the truffles. How are you going to refridgerate them?

            Get over all of the hurdles before you start and you will do well as everyone loves home made sweets.

            Good luck in your quest.

            Yvonne
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            • #7
              Whoops, forgot to say. Do the one day basic food hygiene course and it will answer your questions, and if you display the certificate your customers will feel more confident when they buy from you.

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              • #8
                Thanks so much for your replies. I'm going to see if I can do the food hygiene course on-line (I'm stuck in the village as my OH has the car & the bus service is not very good! Plus, I get cluster headaches so I can't guarantee my attendance on a course).
                Jayne


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                • #9
                  Online Food Hygiene Certificate

                  Hi Poppy4lee

                  You can do the food hygiene course online, I did mine and it only took about 2 1/2 hours then I got the certificate through the post 2 days later. It was really easy and costs £25.

                  I'm not allowed to post URLs but you can do it at food-certificate.co.uk.

                  Hope that helps.

                  Amanda

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                  • #10
                    That's brilliant, thanks for that Amanda, I'll certainly look into it.
                    Jayne


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