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Are you up to date with the latest FSA Legislation regarding Vacuum Packing Foods? | The Tool Shed

Are you up to date with the latest FSA Legislation regarding Vacuum Packing Foods?

In order to keep the risk of cross contamination of raw and cooked foods to a minimum, a new legislation has been introduced by the FSA (Food Standards Agency) and is not a maybe, but a must – but are you up to date?  The FSA believe that the risk of e-coli bacteria is becoming increasingly dangerous so they have given restaurants and catering industries one of 2 options:

  1. You can use one vacuum packing machine, for cooked and raw foods, however after every use it must be stripped down by a certified engineer, which will cost time and money.
  2. The more realistic option is for catering businesses to introduce a secondary vacuum packing machine to avoid cross contamination between raw and cooked foods.


With this in mind, do you need any help complying with these rules?  The unfortunate consequences of not complying with these rules can result in establishments being stripped of their hygiene stars – something that no catering and restaurant establishment wishes to happen.

Take a look at all of our vacuum packers here to see what suits your needs.

We speak from experience when we say that this change in law is regrettably not optional, with the FSA stripping a hygiene rating of 5 stars down to 2 stars if these guidelines are not complied with.  Our team of advisors are only too happy to help and point you in the right direction, whatever your catering needs may be – so please drop us a line on 01524 770060 or send us an email to [email protected].