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Guidance for food businesses undertaking a rapid shut-down in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

New guidance from the FSA has been published. It is intended for all food businesses to help them safely undertake a rapid shut-down in response to a coronavirus outbreak at their workplace.

Updated guidance has been produced to assist Food Business Operators when a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the workplace results in a requirement to cease operations. It compliments existing food hygiene guidance and government advice for food businesses on prevention and management of COVID-19. If there is more than one case of COVID-19 associated with your workplace, you should contact your local Public Health Protection Team in England , Wales or the HSC Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland to report the suspected outbreak. You should also keep in contact with your local authority to update them on the status of the suspected outbreak. It maybe that you will need to carry out a rapid shut down of your business to prevent spread of the virus. There has been some recent press coverage of shutdowns at a number of food manufacturers with large numbers of staff testing positive for Covid19.  Look out for our next 'News Update' on how to safely return a symptomatic worker after a SARS-CoV-2 Test. 

The guidance is intended for all food businesses including takeaways, restaurants, hotels, food retailers, food manufacturers, meat plants, farming and agriculture. Guidance from the Food Standards Agency for hospitality businesses focuses on areas like managing stock safety, consumables, plant and machinery, waste collection, caretaking operations during shutdown, staff communications and training. The guidance can be found on the link below.   

Government Guidance on ceasing operations due to COVID-19 outbreak

When it comes to opening your business again after a shut down or when you need emergency support during an outbreak My Compliance People experts are able to assist you.  Simply schedule a call with one of our experts or choose a CovidSafe certification audit. CovidSafe Audits are priced from £115 and on successful completion, you will recieve a certificate to display on your website or at your location. 

If you don't have an MCP account, its quick, easy and free to sign up.  On sign up you gain access to lots of free guidance in our resources hub including the workbook.  You can access the 'online filing cabinet' for free, where you can store all your inspection certificates and company documents. Never worry about lost certs again!

CovidSafe Audit (from £115 per Audit) 

Virtual audit carried out via video-link with a thorough premises walk through and due diligence paperwork review, including Risk Assessment and Covid19 Policies

Online Audit report provided on the My Compliance People Platform 

Prioritised recommended actions hosted online via the My Compliance People Platform, with trackable actions and online close-out

CovidSafe certificate will be issued after successful completion