Handling of unpackaged perishable foodstuffs

A worker who works on food premises and handles unpackaged perishable foodstuffs is required to have

  • a proficiency certificate, that is a hygiene passport  (Food Act 23/2006, section 27 subsection 2)
  • a report on the state of their health (Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on Food Hygiene at Reported Food Premises 1367/2011, section 15 and the Communicable Diseases Act 583/1986, section 20)
  • protective clothing (Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on Food Hygiene at Reported Food Premises 1367/2011, section 17).
     

Evira has compiled a  table (in Finnish) on what is considered to be safe handling of unpackaged perishable foodstuffs and what is not. It is presented using practical examples. The table is divided into three parts:

  • Does not require a proficiency certificate, a report on the health status or protective clothing
  • Requires a proficiency certificate, a report on the health status and protective clothing
  • Does not require a proficiency certificate, but requires a report on the health status and protective clothing.

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