The Food Safety Code also is known as the Code of Practice for Catering includes regulations to ensure that food is prepared at safe standards and that no hazardous ingredients are used in the preparation of food. This code also applies to the storage and handling of food for public consumption. A complete description of these regulations can be found in the Codes Governing the Inspection of Foods Establishments, Part 12.
In the United States and Canada, the Code of Practice is enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This regulatory body is responsible for ensuring that foodstuffs are safe and of good quality in the commercial food service industry. This code covers other specific administrative, technical and structural requirements laid out for catering, banquets and other remote sales. It also requires licensed catering firms to comply with health and safety standards and to provide sanitary conditions for the preparation of foodstuffs. In addition to these rules, the Code of Practice also imposes rules on the use of equipment.
For example, a food processor or blender used to prepare food products must be operated at a steady rate. It also regulates the size of a blender so as to ensure that it does not cause injury when used for purposes other than its intended purpose. Similarly, a meat grinder, which is used to grind meat, is not to be larger than fourteen inches in diameter.
Similarly, there are rules regarding the storage facilities used for the storage of foodstuffs. For example, it is a regulation that the storage facilities used for storing food items should be fireproof. It is also important to ensure that the storage facilities used are free from any corrosive elements. This includes all forms of acid, especially acid used in the making of soap, soaps and laundry detergents.
Another regulation involves kitchen appliances, such as refrigerators, ovens and microwave ovens. It is a mandatory requirement that refrigerators are fitted with effective temperature controls. It is also necessary to maintain the proper temperature levels of food and avoid food spoilage when cooking. In the case of microwave ovens, it is a must to ensure that they are installed in the appropriate room or areas.
As far as catering and food preparation goes, it is not possible to provide food items which meet strict government regulations without compromising the quality of the food items and the customers get. In fact, this has become a very common practice in the catering business and it is the primary reason why most restaurants fail to meet the strict government regulations.