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Food safety information

The Food Safety Section, which forms part of the Commercial Safety Team, investigate outbreaks of food poisoning and certain other infectious diseases reported to the division by Public Health England.

During an investigation an officer will contact the person affected by the infection to try and find the cause and stop it from spreading.

Fact sheets on food poisoning and infectious disease can be obtained from Public Health England (external link) 

If you would like further advice or information, please contact the Council’s Food Safety Section:

  • Complete the Food safety contact online form
  • Tel: 01695 577177 
  • Write to: Leisure and Wellbeing Services, West Lancashire Borough Council, Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale WN8 8EE

Food hygiene training

Food handlers must receive appropriate supervision and be instructed and/or trained in food hygiene, to enable them to handle food safely. Those responsible for developing and maintaining the business’s food safety procedures, based on HACCP (hazard analysis critical control point) principles, must have received adequate training. There is no legal requirement to attend a formal training course or get a qualification. The necessary skills may be obtained in other ways, such as on the job training, self study (e-learning etc) or relevant prior experience. The operator of the food business is responsible for ensuring this happens.

There are advantages to receiving formal training in comparison to other methods of training. Formal training provides update to date information and offer the opportunity to ask questions as well as participate in activities. Candidates also benefit from the experience and knowledge of qualified officers, which can be helpful in the workplace.

The Council provides food hygiene training to people working in food and catering businesses to enable them to meet food safety training requirements. Courses take place on a regular basis and are organised to meet the demand. The current cost of £46.50 per person represents good value for money as it includes course, handbook, examination fee and tuition.

To register your interest in these courses:

  • Complete the Food Hygiene Courses online form 
  • Tel: 01695 585253.
  • Leisure and Wellbeing Services, West Lancashire Borough Council, Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale WN8 8EE. 


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