Reducing the risks from E coli O157 in small and medium sized businesses


Environmental Health Practitioners working in local authorities will be familiar with the FSA guidance on controlling cross contamination and prevention of risks from E coli O157.

Many businesses may feel that separation of raw and ready to eat food cannot be achieved, but this may be based on misunderstandings of the requirements.

This course goes back to basics on the microbiology of E coli O157, and provides practical tips on enforcement, with examples of compliance in a range of micro, small and medium sized food businesses. Delegates will have an opportunity for discussion in groups, and through case study examples of enforcement, including some key Notices.

Aims and objectives

This one day course will improve delegates understanding of:

  • the FSA guidance and how to apply it
  • E coli O157 and microbiological issues, in particular the hazards and controlling the risks
  • practical advice on inspection techniques, assessing compliance and ensuring effective control of E coli O157.

Who should attend?

This is a one day course for Local authority food safety officers in England.

How much does it cost?

Attendance on this course is subject to availability for one nominated member of staff per local authority. Additional places may become available and waiting list will be managed via

Please note: This course is not available to students or EHPs who are not employed by local authorities directly.

Important notes for delegates

Before attending this course, delegates should familiarise themselves with the current FSA guidance on the control of cross contamination and prevention of risks from E coli O157.

Delegates should be aware that this course is not designed to deal with E coli O157 on petting farms or any other non-food related establishment.


This event is accredited with 5 hours and 30 minutes of CIEH CPD.

In order to obtain your CPD certificate you will be asked to fill an online questionnaire to evaluate the course. Upon completion your CPD will be sent to you by e-mail.

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