Home-based Food Vendors : food handler course, typhoid vaccination MOH FoSIM food premise registration.
Who is a Home-based Food Vendors?
Home-based food vendors are food entrepreneurs who prepare food at home for the purpose of selling the food. Many home-based food businesses are still unclear about the requirements that need to be fulfilled with when running a food business from home.
The Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia has published the Food Safety Guidelines for Home-Based Food in March 2021 as a reference to enhance the knowledge of home-based food vendors.
Among the basic requirements as a food vendor / handler:
- Register food premise in the Food Safety Information System of Malaysia (FoSIM).
- Get the anti-typhoid vaccination
- Undergo Food Handler Training (FHT) with any Food Handler Training School (SLPM) recognized by the Ministry of Health Malaysia
- Implement good food hygiene and safety practices
- Conduct self -examination as stated in the Self -Checklist of Home-based Food Vendors
Food Premise Registration on FoSIM Website
Food premises operating in the Malaysia must be registered with the Ministry of Health. Home-based food premises are also no exception to this requirement. Home kitchens involved with home-based food preparation are included in category P3 – Premises Where Food Is Prepared, Processed, Stored And Served For Sale. Registration can be made by the food business operator on the Food Safety Information System of Malaysia (FoSIM) website Food Safety Information System of Malaysia.
All food handlers working in Malaysia need to obtain the anti-typhoid vaccination. Typhoid fever is a food-borne infection caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. The disease can be spread through food or water contaminated with S.typhi bacteria. These bacteria are commonly carried in the blood and intestinal tract of infected humans.
Regulation 31 (1), Food Hygiene Regulations 2009 states that, all food handlers must be vaccinated by a registered medical practitioner. The vaccine meant in this regulation to here is the anti-typhoid vaccine.
Food Handler Training Course
All food handlers working in Malaysia must undergo Food Handler Training and obtain a Food Handler Training certificate at a Food Handler Training School recognized by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. This is clearly stated in Regulation 30 (1) of the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009.
The content of the Food Handler Training course covers all the things that need to be practiced by food vendors and food handlers of home-based food for sale. Course participants will be guided by experienced instructors on how to implement the requirements that have been stated.
Hygienic and Safe Practices
The hygienic and safe food handling practices includes:
- Basic personal hygiene practices
- Usage of water and ice
- Selection and purchasing of raw materials
- Storage of raw materials
- Process control during food preparation
- Food labeling
- Transportation and distribution
- Pest control
- Self -inspection
Home-prepared food vendors need to reassure customers and consumers that home-based food is clean, safe and comparable to meals prepared in commercial kitchens. Therefore, as a first step, food operators and handlers need to understand their roles and responsibilities.
Win Synergy Training is one of the Food Handler Training School (FHTS) recognized by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. We provide the onsite and online Food Handler Training Course to food vendors and food handlers. The course fee is only RM50.00 for each participant and the minimum course duration is only 3 hours!
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