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


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

  • 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 Wales.

How much does it cost?

Attendance on this course is available to local authority Environmental Health Practitioners in Wales free of charge. (This course is not available to students or for EHPs who are not employed by local authorities).

How to Register?

If you are interested in attending the course please inform your line manager.

Line managers should email a list of delegates for their local authority in priority order to The following information will be required:

  • Course name
  • Delegate name
  • Job title
  • Local authority
  • Email address
  • Contact telephone No

Every effort will be made to accommodate those who have registered an interest in attending the course, however this may not be possible where the course is over subscribed. Priority will be given to local authority officers in the Welsh region where the training is being undertaken.

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 of the questionnaire your CPD will be sent to you by e-mail within a week.

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