Effectiveness of food safety training revealed in survey

Food safety training

Thousands of manufacturers of food and drink of all sizes and from across the world, representing an industry cross-section, were asked about the needs, challenges and effectiveness of food awareness courses industry-wide. The survey is influential in providing an invaluable industry snapshot.

Food safety e-learning courses

Food safety e-learning courses

The third annual worldwide report into food safety training has been published by Campden BRI and Alchemy, in collaboration with others.

The poll found both the quality and quantity of food safety training online and offline had improved since 2014. More than 40% of those questioned said the quantity of available training had got better, while a similar number (45%) felt the same about training quality.

Manufacturers reported that current, relevant training in food safety is key. And while work is becoming ever more driven by technology, traditional methods of training, including on the job and classroom courses, are still popular.


Just over a third (35%) and 15% respectively made use of e-learning or interactive technologies, while, perhaps surprisingly, nearly 70% of training records were held in some type of paper-based format.


More than half (60%) made use of Excel spreadsheets – yet just one on five used a learning management system.

The report also found that 47% of those questioned carried out between two and four annual audits per site, including a review of food safety training. And among the biggest kinds of deficiencies found in these audits were a lack of or late refresher training, a lack of staff understanding and training records which hadn’t been fully completed. Approaching one in five reported that no training was given in specific key areas.

A lack of both time and resources were listed among the biggest barriers to training.

Whether you’re looking into providing Food safety training videos or anything else, at Trusted Training 4 U Ltd, we can help. Our fully qualified trainers operate across the UK at competitive rates to supplement your current in-house programme.

All courses comply with existing legislation, and attendees receive accreditation lasting one or three years after completing our e-learning courses.

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