This month Ruth discusses food standard compliance.
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Making food standard compliance simple
One of the most important challenges we face is that of the relationship between food and nutrition, and its connection to the health and wellbeing of the public. Meeting this challenge can be tricky, with a multitude of food standards to be met. As a Dietitian my response to the challenge has been two fold.
Firstly as part of the Food Services Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA), I have been helping to develop the BDA Digest Checklist. The document is a compliance tool for hospital’s catering and dietetic staff to evaluate their menus and catering service against the BDA Digest recommendations, now one of the five key Hospital Food Standards.
It will help hospital dietitians and caterers to easily identify the key recommendations and assess whether or not they are meeting them. It also provides an opportunity to list examples of evidence for each KPI specific to their Trust for compliance records. The checklist is a free tool, available for all to use and will launch in November 2015 via the BDA website (www.bda.uk.com)
Secondly, at Anglia Crown we recently launched our very own bespoke Food Standards Compliance information document to help support our customers meet their food standard KPI’s. We have been supporting our customers comply with these best practice recommendations for many years but we wanted to help formalise and simplify the process for our clients. The document takes into account both hospital and care settings, helping both to meet nutritional standards. Our comprehensive approach at Anglia Crown, ensuring up-to-date nutritional breakdowns of menus, and helping with menu capacity analysis, goes a long way to making compliance as simple as possible.
I believe offering this kind of insight and easy-to-use documentation plays an important part in leading the way to enabling all operations to reach the highest of food standards, which is the ultimate goal.