Introduction Food safety legislation aims to make sure that all food offered to the public is safe to eat and is properly described. The General Principles of food hygiene cover hygiene practices from primary production through to final consumption, highlighting the key hygiene controls at each stage. FOOD HYGIENE (BASIC TEXTS) Fourth edition The Codex basic texts on food hygiene promote understanding of how rules and regulations on food hygiene are developed and applied. Food safety … Food safety is the level of security achieved by ensuring food hygiene. Regulations apply to all premises where food and drink are supplied and, therefore, not only to commercial premises but also to community centres, village halls, clubs and other similar Food safety assurance starts at the “farm”, the primary agricultural or fishery level. At all steps of the food chain, particular attention is given to potential food safety problems and how they could be prevented or controlled. Food Safety and Food Hygiene 1. Hand washing Food poisoning can cause illness with unpleasant symptoms including: Vomiting Diarrhoea Stomach cramps Implementing simple food hygiene and safety measures such as hand washing, keeping food at the right temperature and avoiding cross contamination can dramatically reduce the likelihood of food poisoning.