Food Safety in Retail [QA Level 2 - RQF]

Did you know that there are more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning in the UK each year?

EU and UK regulations state that all food handlers must receive appropriate training in food safety practices relevant to their duties. However, having a good understanding of food safety practices is not only a legal requirement, it is also essential in protecting in the health of both consumers and food handlers.

The Food Safety in Retail [QA Level 2 – RQF] is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification designed for those working,  or planning to work, in the food retail environment such as: supermarkets, corner shops or premises with hot and chilled food display counters.

  • The importance of food safety
  • Food safety laws
  • Legal responsibilities of food handers
  • Types of contamination and the associated risks
  • Bacteriology: Food poisoning, Foodborne illnesses
  • An introduction to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Personal hygiene
  • Work flow, work surfaces and equipment
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Waste disposal
  • Pest control
  • Safe food handling practices including time and temperature controls: preparations, cooking and reheating, Chilling, Cooling, Freezing, Thawing, Hot holding, Displaying food, Core temperatures, Food preservation, Storage
  • Stock control procedures


Successful candidates will gain a strong understanding of the importance of food safety, including correct food handling practices and measures to reduce the risk of contamination.

Course duration

One day programme


The cost of this course run at your site for a group of up to 16 is £500. A comprehensive manual and certification is also included for each student.

All work taken, outside of the M25 will have an additional £30 travel fee included to the overall invoice