Handling of unpackaged perishable foodstuffs

Handling of unpackaged, easily perishable foodstuffs in a food establishment: when an employee is required to have a Hygiene Passport (Proficiency Certificate), wear appropriate protective clothing or provide a health status statement.

A worker who works on food premises and handles unpackaged perishable foodstuffs is required to have a Hygiene Passport (a Proficiency Certificate) (Food Act 23/2006, section 27 subsection 2), appropriate protective clothing (Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on Food Hygiene at Reported Food Premises 1367/2011, section 17) and provide a health status statement (Communicable Diseases Act 1227/2016 and -regulation 146/2017).

Finnish Food Authority has compiled a  table (in Finnish) on what is considered to be safe handling of unpackaged perishable foodstuffs and what is not. It is presented using practical examples.

Handling of unpackaged, easily perishable foodstuffs in a food establishment Tabel (13.3.2019 pdf)