Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Retail (RQF)


Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Retail (RQF). This Level 2 course has been designed to help anyone who handles, prepares or serves food in the retail industry understand their legal responsibilities and know what constitutes best practice in regards to controlling food safety hazards, controlling temperatures, food storage, food preparation, personal hygiene and premises cleaning. By law, all food handlers must have an understanding of the basic principles of food hygiene and know how to work safely so as to protect the food they sell from contamination.

The course provides learners with up-to-date food hygiene information using a range of written text, interactive exercises and video content to ensure learners thoroughly comprehend their food safety responsibilities.

By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate that you can:

  • Identify food hygiene hazards.
  • Describe safe food practice.
  • Apply controls to achieve high standards of food hygiene.
  • Explain the principles of food safety management systems.
  • Work in a way that is ethical for the consumer and fulfils your legal obligations as a food handler.


Who does need the course?


Further Information

Anybody working or intending on working in a food preparation environment is required by European Union Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs to carry out their roles safely. The course is suitable for food handlers in all disciplines of the food retail and catering sector, and to anyone who works with food has a legal and moral duty to safeguard food and ensure it is safe to consume and not cause harm or injury to the consumer. Food retailing can vary from very large scale to small outlets. Food can be ready-packaged or on display ready to be served or packaged and this course will look at different sections of retail outlets and food safety for organisations.

Course Description

Food Safety Legislation

Food handlers and the law, key terms, European and UK regulations, food handler training, prosecution, HACCP, enforcement of food safety law, legal notices, due diligence and the Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme.

Microbiological Hazards

The top 10 causes of food poisoning, food poisoning in the UK, symptoms of food poisoning, preventing food poisoning outbreaks, controlling temperature and time, low and high risk foods, cross contamination, common food poisoning bacteria, food spoilage, food preservation and preventing microbiological contamination.

Physical, Chemical and Allergenic Hazards

Types of physical contamination and controlling physical contamination, chemical hazards and controlling chemical contamination, allergenic contamination and controlling allergens, food intolerances, anaphylactic shock and allergen law.

Food Premises Design and Cleaning Schedules

Principles of design, waste management, cleaning and disinfection, cleaning schedules, safe cleaning, six stages of cleaning, cleaning food storage areas and public areas, dishwashers, pests and preventing pests.

Food Storage

Choosing a supplier, food distribution and deliveries, the cold chain, food labelling, use by and best before dates, refrigeration and temperatures, freezing and defrosting and stock rotation.

Food Display and Service

Measuring food temperatures, how to take a food temperature, hot colding, cold holding, rules of food service and rules of safe preparation.

Personal Hygiene

Food handler responsibilities, hand hygiene, hand washing procedures, protective gloves, bad habits, illness, hair, jewellery and smoking and protective clothing.

Further Information

How to register a food business, contacting the local authority, Safer Food Better Business, legal documents and FSA publications.

Career Path:

This qualification is designed for learners (food handlers) within the food retailing sector


Once you have completed the learning you will participate in a multiple-choice assessment, a pass mark of 75% is required. The online test is marked automatically, receiving an instant grade. Don’t worry if you don’t pass or want to improve your grade, you can retake the test unlimited times at no extra cost.

Also, we also can provide a multiple-choice paper at conclusion of the course.


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