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Unit 32 M1 Explain how health, safety and hygiene legislation has impacted on food retailers.

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M1: Explain how health, safety and hygiene legislation has impacted on food retailers. Tesco Health and Safety Laws Tesco has to abide by the most important health and safety law which is the Health and Safety at work Act1947. It has impacted on Tesco as they have to ensure that they are following and abiding by the Act by providing legal frame work in order to promote, encourage high standard of health and safety in places of work, Tesco must comply with the act as they must do all of the following as mentioned before in the description of the health and safety laws. Handling Products and equipment safely Although Tesco do not have as much risky equipment as other specialist businesses, they must ensure that in their fish stall and bakery. It is essential for the equipment is handled appropriately to avoid any injuries to employees. This indicates that Tesco must guarantee that the equipment's they have in store are maintained regularly in order to track down any problems happens; meaning that they must abide to the legislations in order to avoid injuries or dangers to health in Tesco. ...read more.

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Tesco must also ensure that once produce has been cut and displayed, premises all must be sanitised to avoid contamination taking place and the build up of viruses and bacteria. Especially in contamination, Tesco have huge measures to live up to as they must be sure that every product avoid contamination and if occur they know what t do. This requires training for each and every staff in order for regulations to be followed appropriately and legally. Specialist Store? Butchers Health and Safety Laws Butchers have been impacted the same as Tesco to some amount with the health and safety laws. However as they are only dealing with a particular types of food category it means that they are more under pressure into handling the produce correctly and ensuring that the health of the employees is good and that their safety if full protected. Butchers stores tend to be stores with less risk however they are required to keep their store clean for safety purposes so their employees are customers do not face an injury whilst in store which is the same as maintaining the stores equipment's is vital in terms of employees safety. ...read more.

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Especially with raw food, butchers must ensure that any employees with cuts must covers their cuts to avoid the infection spreading and affecting the food and making it unsuitable to eat. And Butchers must ensure that all employees wash their hands after coming into contact with raw meat and that all nails are cut down to avoid bacteria spreading from the nails to the raw foods. They must also guarantee that gloves are changes when handling different types of food. Personal hygiene is important for a butcher as they must keep themselves clean in order for them to serve the food without any health issues that could come in future for those who purchase the food. Contamination Butchers are influenced in the terms of them having to ensure meats are kept separate from each other to avoid, cross contaminating and juices of one falling onto another. They must guarantee they have posters informing customers as well as employees the results of contamination. They also should guarantee there are different fridges for every type of meat, as well as ensuring all food is stored away correctly. They must also guarantee that all surfaces and premises are wiped down properly in order to get rid of any viruses or bacteria forming overnight which can contaminate the meat the next day making it unable to sell. ...read more.

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