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Food safety - a guide for seafarers

Attention to food and food handling is every seafarers’ responsibility - read our guide to keep healthy at sea.

Food give us energy and keeps us healthy, but it can also make us sick if it's handled incorrectly. To keep everyone on board healthy, basic food safety and hygiene rules should be applied.

This guide explains seafarers' responsibilities for food safety and provides practical tips for ensuring that food on board stays safe. This includes food hygiene tips on topics such as receiving food deliveries, appropriate storage for different types of food, water safety and personal hygiene.