[Jazz background music, narrator talks while a hand can be seen drawing a cartoon of a chef]
0:00 So, you’re wanting to start a food business, and all that’s on your mind is just making the food and making some money.
0:08 However, before you do that you need to register with your council or with MPI.
0:13 And then get it checked. Right? Right.
0.16 So listen up! This check-up or properly known as a food safety verification shows that you can demonstrate safe food practices, have an understanding for food safety, and you practise it every day.
[A hand draws a chef in a kitchen with another person. A folder titled 'Food safety verification' is on the bench.]
0:28 Why? Because if you don’t make safe food, people get sick [sound of flies, sick sound], they blame it on the last thing they ate, they complain to the council, they complain to their friends, they complain online, and essentially tarnish the reputation of your business.
[Drawing of a building with an "Out of business" sign across it]
0:42 Food safety is absolutely crucial for keeping both your customers and your business safe.
0:48 But how do you know if you’re keeping food safe so you can pass your verification?
0:52 Your local food safety verifiers are here to coach you along the way and suggest tips and tricks to make sure you’re getting your food safety right.
[Drawing of a chef talking to verifier with speech bubbles saying "Does this look right", "If this happens again what should I do?", "What's the legal requirement for...", "How do I check for pests?", "How can I do this better?"]
1:00 Get to know them, ask them questions, and take in all you can from your verifier session.
1:06 With a good understanding of food safety, you can spend more time making safe food and less time with your verifier.
1:12 Happy belly, happy customer. [belch sound]
1:16 For a more in depth look at what happens at a verification, check out our next video.
[Video of an egg being broken into a frying pan with a title across it saying "Food Act 2014"]
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>> Carla's in business
A verifier comes to check Carla’s business. The verifier expects that Carla has:
- filled in the relevant parts of her Simply Safe and Suitable plan
- started keeping the required records.
They ask Carla questions to find out if she understands how to do the right things to make safe food. They also watch her and her staff make food to ensure that they do the things her plan requires.
>> John's good to go
John can start trading after he registers his National Programme with his local council. A verifier comes and checks his business within 6 weeks of getting registered.
The verifier wants to see that John understands the food safety risks for his business and knows how to manage them. The verifier wants to see evidence of this, like John’s spray diary is up to date.
The verifier won't need to come back once they are confident that John understands the risks and is managing them. The verifier will only return if something goes wrong in the future.