The two organisations have been collaborating for the past six months to create the new guidance for food safety training and claim it is the first time such guidance, relevant to the food and drink manufacturing sector, has been developed.
Jack Matthews, chief executive of Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, said: "The guidance is a real example of what can be achieved through co-operation and collaboration. It will be of great benefit to employers as it provides comprehensive information on food safety training that will be continually updated. It offers clarity regarding training and food safety legislation, and makes recommendations about additional training that can be offered as good practice. It will also help to raise standards by making it easier for employers to ensure all staff are trained to an appropriate level, which allows them to do their job safely and efficiently.
"I am grateful to the FSA for its far-sighted action in engaging with Improve to provide this comprehensive guidance for food and drink employers and other key organisations involved in our sector."
The new guidance is intended to be accessible for employers and training providers as a stand-alone advice document, and also as an aid for the authors of future industry guides.
It is available to download free from the Improve website. Visit: http://www.improve-skills.co.uk/qualifications/food-safety-qualifications.