MCA FOOD HYGIENE COURSE
MCA Food Hygiene Course
The MCA Food Hygiene Course is a requirement for all food handlers, both preparing and serving (ie. Stewardesses / Stewards, Chefs, Catering staff) and will provide individuals with the knowledge of how to safely & hygienically store, handle, cook and serve food on-board.
How did it come about?
General food safety awareness has grown and has had its place in land based kitchens for many years. It was only a matter of time before the Superyacht Industry followed suit to ensure the safety and well-being of the owners and guests who pay extremely high rates for a bespoke experience. Cases of food poisoning on-board have been documented throughout the years, with some high profile cases making it into the news.
Consequences of not having accredited food handling crew?
Yachts may be refused entry into a port. This could create unnecessary problems for the captain and owner and potentially have financial implications.
*Recognised as an accredited awarding body by the MCA, each candidate will receive a HABC/MCA Level 2 Award in Food Safety
Part 8 of the official MCA notice states:
8.1. The shipowner must ensure that every member of the catering staff is properly trained or instructed for their position in accordance with the requirements of this Merchant Shipping Notice. Such training or instruction is to be in food and personal hygiene as well as the safe handling and storage of food on board ship in accordance with the learning outcomes and assessment criteria set out in Annex 1 of this Merchant Shipping Notice.
8.2 The shipowner must ensure that any person who processes food in the galley is properly trained or instructed in areas including food and personal hygiene and handling in accordance with the learning outcomes and assessment criteria set out in Annex 1 of this Merchant Shipping Notice. This ensures they have an adequate knowledge of food and personal hygiene to ensure that food is stored, stock rotated, handled, cooked and served safely and that good practice is clearly applied.
For more info, read MCA notice MSN 1846
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