Hello Peter, thanks for the info..I read the discussion on angloinfo, but it's from 2010 and things have changed.
We definitely do now have to have one person with a basic hygiene certificate (though definitely not with 3 years experience in addition, as suggested by Pixie in the discussion - I think this was an invention by someone who did not understand the law at all)
My experience with nursing tells me not to trust UK training institutions to know what the French will accept, I did a supposed RMN Nursing 2000 diploma in 2004, which was "recognised across EU nations", yet to practice nursing with this in France, we're then required to do a minimum of 1 year's conversion at university first.
Also, my experience in France tells me that in every region, every civil servant will want to invent their own version of their own departement's interpretation of the law..so am very keen to find out what the actual law is...Then, if it is in my favour, I can quote it to get what I need.
I found this which sums it up, but does not give me an answer to my question about UK certificates and their validity. I can't find anything useful from the UK side either.
Au moins une personne au sein de l’entreprise doit pouvoir justifier d’une formation en matière d’hygiène alimentaire (décret 2011-731 du 24 juin 2011 : http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr décret entré en application le 1er octobre 2012).