Where care homes, nursing homes and domiciliary care organisations provide food, cooking or support for service users’ meals or eating, their staff should observe the highest standards of food hygiene in order to prevent the incidence of foodborne illness.

Kitchen areas in care homes must be kept scrupulously clean at all times and catering and food handling staff should wash their hands regularly and wear appropriate personal protective equipment if required. Food handling staff suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting should be sent home and should not return to work until they have had no symptoms for 48 hours.

Food safety is regulated by the Food Standards Agency and food hygiene standards are enforced by local authority environmental health departments.

The topic includes food safety information related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Further information about the safe storage, preparation, cooking and serving of food can be found in the Food Storage, Preparation and Safety topic. Information about food illnesses can be found in the Food Poisoning topic.

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